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The Indian Navy is all set to bolster its maritime capabilities with the induction of the long-awaited aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant. This majestic vessel will be a game-changer for the Indian Navy’s Eastern Naval Command, further strengthening its operational reach and prowess in the crucial waters of the Bay of Bengal and parts of the Indian Ocean.
The Eastern Naval Command is one of the three command-level formations of the Indian Navy, with its headquarters situated in the port city of Visakhapatnam, a bustling naval hub on the east coast of India. As a strategic command, it shoulders the responsibility of overseeing all naval forces operating in the vast expanse of the Bay of Bengal and significant portions of the Indian Ocean. Additionally, it also supervises naval establishments scattered along the east coast, making it a crucial linchpin in India’s naval defense architecture.
Visakhapatnam, the designated home base for INS Vikrant, has a rich maritime heritage and has served as an integral part of the Indian Navy’s operations for decades. With the aircraft carrier making Visakhapatnam its home, the city will become an even more vital hub for naval operations, shipbuilding, and maritime trade.
Meanwhile, the Western Naval Command has its own flagship warship, the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier, which proudly leads the naval operations in the western waters. The Western Naval Command’s headquarters is located in Mumbai, a maritime hub of India, and is responsible for overseeing naval forces in the Arabian Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean on the western side.
The INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier, renowned for its formidable capabilities, operates from INS Kadamba, its home port situated in Karwar, Karnataka. This state-of-the-art naval base provides vital logistical support and maintenance facilities to the flagship warship, ensuring its operational readiness at all times.
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