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India starts world’s largest naval base east of Suez Canal

  • INS Vajrakosh, a naval station near Karwar in Karnataka together with INS Kadamba, 20 km away, it is now the world’s largest naval base east of the Suez Canal, spread out over 1000 acres.
  • The new naval base would be the home base for a bulk of the Indian Navy’s strength on the western coast.
  • Indian Naval Station Vajrakosh – which loosely translates to ‘Thunder Chest’ – was constructed as the second phase of Project Seabird, which was initiated by the Centre in 1985.
  • INS Vajrakosh alone is spread out over 600 acres.
  • At the new naval base, The Indian Navy will be positioning two aircraft carriers – INS Vikramaditya and the indigenously built INS Vikrant – over 20 submarines in underground pens and 47 warships.
  • It will also have a Naval air station that will base the Boeing P-8i, an advanced maritime surveillance aircraft that is known as ‘Poseidon’. and also feature a helicopter base.
  • INS Vajrakosh will be the biggest missiles, ammunition and spares dump on the Western Sea Board. It will be base that will equip all warships and airplanes.

Source: DefenceNews

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