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03 March 2009

India Lays Keel of Its First Homemade Aircraft Carrier

from Ares by Christina Mackenzie

India laid the keel of its first aircraft carrier on Saturday 28th February, an event described by Defence Minister A.K. Antony as an “historic moment for India”, according to Indian press reports. “It is a crucial milestone and a moment to cherish in the country’s maritime history,” he said. The ship will be named INS Vikrant, which, in Sanskirt, means “courageous” and “victorious”, it was announced yesterday.

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