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Indian Navy outlines plans to berth new aircraft carrier at private shipyard

20 March 2020
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Faced with ongoing budget shortfalls that have delayed the completion of one of its major bases, the Indian Navy (IN) is now seeking to lease a private shipyard to berth its indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant after its commissioning in 2021.

The navy has approached the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to lease the 260 m long berth at the Larsen & Toubro (L&T) shipyard in Kattupalli, on India's southeast coast, to dock Vikrant for eight years, from 2022 onwards, the IN's vice chief of staff, Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar, told a parliamentary standing committee on defence.

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