INS Vikrant ready to chart the Indo-Pacific region

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INS Vikrant and Indian Navy Ready for Indo-Pacific: Refit and Preparation

The Indian Navy has recently showcased its maritime power and flawless execution of two carrier battle group operations off the coast of Goa in the first week of June. India’s latest aircraft carrier INS Vikrant is now headed for a “guarantee refit” at Cochin Shipyard. At the same time, the INS Vikramaditya carrier is fully operational after a major overhaul last year and will be ready to chart Indo-Pacific this year.

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Vikrant INS

INS Vikrant Refit

INS Vikrant is currently undergoing a “guarantee refit” at the Cochin Shipyard. This mandatory refit is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. Meanwhile, the Indian Navy is also expected to make a decision on acquiring possibly 26 Rafale-Maritime aircraft for INS Vikrant. In order to maintain operational synergy and seamless maintenance with the Indian Air Force.

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INS Vikramaditya and Quad Malabar Exercises

INS Vikramaditya is currently fully operational. And is set to participate in the Quad Malabar exercises off the coast of Sydney in August. With serious multi-level participation from the US, Japan, and the host Australian Navy. The Indian Navy will be sending its warships, submarines, and P-8I anti-submarine warfare aircraft for the exercise.

Indian Navy’s Maritime Capability

The Indian Navy has the maritime capability to project dominance in the Indo-Pacific and is now no longer restricted between the Straits of Malacca and the Gulf of Aden. The Navy has plans to deploy one carrier on the east and another carrier on the western seaboard of India.

India is also seeking investments from oil-rich countries in the Middle East to invest in ports in Indian Ocean littoral states. In order to secure the Southeast Asia region from Chinese expansionism.

The Indian Navy is ready to chart the Indo-Pacific with its powerful warships, submarines, and aircraft carriers. It is currently investing in ports, bases, and aircraft to ensure the security of the region and deter any foreign power from hosting Chinese PLAN warships.

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