Modi to start defence tour with INS Vikramaditya

PM has expressed a desire to visit the ship and the Navy is making arrangements for him to embark with a team over the weekend of June 14-15.

Written by Manu Pubby | New Delhi | Updated: June 7, 2014 7:54 am
Sources said Modi is also likely to visit the eastern and northern borders in the coming weeks. Sources said Modi is also likely to visit the eastern and northern borders in the coming weeks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to a military establishment will be a grand show of national power as he is set to visit the newly-acquired INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier next weekend.

This would be the first visit of a national leader to the largest and most powerful warship of the Indian Navy that made its journey from Russia in December, and would also be the first public display of the aircraft carrier’s capabilities.

Sources said the PM has expressed a desire to visit the ship and the Navy is making arrangements for him to embark with a team over the weekend of June 14-15.

During the visit, Modi will be shown the operational capabilities of the carrier, including take-offs and landings by the MiG 29 K fighters on the ship.
While the final details are being worked out, Modi is expected to be on the warship off the western coast for a few hours. The INS Vikramaditya is the most powerful symbol of India’s military reach and is designed to undertake strike missions across the world. It undertook a non-stop journey from North Russia’s Severodvinsk to Mumbai in November-December last year.

Sources said Modi is also likely to visit the eastern and northern borders in the coming weeks. It is believed the Army is already drawing up plans for his visit to the eastern border, with likely areas being discussed. Similarly, plans for a visit to the northern borders are also afoot, but it is not yet clear if the visit will include the Siachen Glacier.

As reported by The Indian Express last week, the INS Vikramaditya is finally battle ready. Navy Chief Admiral Robin Dhowan had said the aircraft carrier is fully operational with an adequate number of pilots now qualified to operate from the floating airfield. He said pilots have been conducting regular flying operations.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley’s first visit to a defence establishment too would involve the Navy, as he is scheduled to be in Mumbai on Saturday, where he will visit India’s other operational aircraft carrier, the INS Viraat. Jaitley will also be the chief guest at the commissioning ceremony of the Indian Coast Guard ships Achook and Agrim in Mumbai.

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    Kangana Rawat
    Jun 7, 2014 at 7:46 am
    God feel the pain of Indians and send the rain to fight hot weather. Congress is like rain, one day return and will give relief to all Indian. Unfortunately there is not much agriculture in Kerala compared to other neighbouring states.
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      Kangana Rawat
      Jun 7, 2014 at 7:46 am
      It is being said that Monsoon is hitting the Kerala coast. I hope and pray that agricultural crops benefit from it and agricultural growth contributes to the economic growth otherwise it would be yet another challenge to the new government which had promised revival of economic growth.
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        Kangana Rawat
        Jun 7, 2014 at 7:47 am
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          Kangana Rawat
          Jun 7, 2014 at 7:47 am
          Mr Rahul hi, the Congress vice-President did good. He has to work in the entire country to revive Congress ,Agar ban jate toh ilzam lagta sab kuch apne pas rakha nahi bane toh yeh ilzam kisi karwat chain nahi But I agree instead of a gentleman like Kharge a more aggressive and good orator Kamal Nath should have been given the chance.
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            Kangana Rawat
            Jun 7, 2014 at 7:47 am
            Now Rahul hi’s youth team are growing and learning...give them time...you guys gave AAP such a long leash and tolerated so many other mising outfits....why is everyone so impatient with Rahul hi Ji.....? It only goes to prove its relevance.....concern
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              Kangana Rawat
              Jun 7, 2014 at 7:47 am
              That Supreme Person of Congress is known by hundreds and millions of different names. If there is one name that best describes him in all his unlimited pastimes, qualities, relationships and attributes, that name is Rahul hi, which literally means the all-attractive one, because Rahul attracts everyone.
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                Kangana Rawat
                Jun 7, 2014 at 7:46 am
                Why Delhi becomes too hot during NDA regime? When religion becomes a means for an extremist faction to achieve their hidden agenda, feuds will erupt between the opposing sides. All will break loose...
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                  Kangana Rawat
                  Jun 7, 2014 at 7:46 am
                  ‘Balming the wound’ Maharashtra CM sanctioned 5 Lakh ex gratia and govt job to one of Mohsin's family. Maharashtra Police working on to ban Hindu Rashtra Sena. Instead of balm n ex gratia they should ensure safety for innocent Muslims from fanatics.
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                    tison
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