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Is this ship part of one of the US Navy’s strike forces?

This is INS Vikrant - Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 (IAC-1), constructed by the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) for the Indian Navy. It is the first aircraft carrier to be built in India.

Vikrant is the first aircraft carrier to be designed by the Directorate of Naval Design of the Indian Navy and the first warship to be built by Cochin Shipyard. It has a top speed of 28 knots, cruising speed of 18 knots, endurance 7,500 nautical miles. Within are as many as 2300 compartments, a crew of 1700 people, a dedicated hospital complex, specialized cabins for women officers, two football ground-sized flight decks, eight-kilometer-long corridors. Its eight power generators can lighten up a city of 2 million people.

A true example of Indian public and private sector partnership and a sense of technological prowess as well as innovation, its construction involved participation of a large number of firms. The Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) and Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) created facilities to manufacture the DMR 249 grade steel in India. Reportedly, 26,000 tonnes of three types of special steel for the hull, flight deck and floor compartments were manufactured at the Bokaro Steel Plant, Jharkhand, Bhilai Steel Plant, Chhattisgarh and Rourkela Steel Plant, Odisha. Due to this, Vikrant is the first ship of the Indian Navy to be built completely using domestically produced steel. The main switch board, steering gear and water tight hatches have been manufactured by Larsen & Toubro in Mumbai and Talegaon; high-capacity air conditioning and refrigeration systems have been manufactured in Kirloskar Group's plants in Pune; most pumps have been supplied by Best and Crompton; Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) supplied the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), which is being installed by Avio, an Italian company; the gear box was supplied by Elecon Engineering; and the electrical cables are being supplied by Nicco Industries. Fincantieri provided consultancy for the propulsion package while Russia's Nevskoye Design Bureau designed the aviation complex.

Winners of Big Picture Contest

Dinesh Kumar
Other
Om Prakash Pareek
Mumbai
Tulasi Prasad
Bangalore
Anand Mistry
Ahmedabad.
Abinaskumar
Bhubaneswar
Mayank
Ratlam
Aysha Jawed
Kolkata
Lalita Goel
Delhi
Jyoti Krishna Agarwal
Kolkata
Khozy
Bhavnagar
Ajay
Kodarma
Kavita M
Kochi
Amisha
Ranchi
Heena
Banglore
Anuradha D
Hyderabad
Yash
Ahemdabad
Philory
Hydrabad
Binod Yadav
Jaipur
Omg Iamadog
Mumbai
Chuma Khatua
Cuttack
Aadil
Ranchi
Sonam Kazi
Nagpur
Rimpi
Delhi
Dhwani
Delhi
Jyoti R
Veraval
Sarwan Singh
Mumbai
Imli
Delhi
Harsh Mamodiya
Jahota
Rohan
Jagatsingpur
Arvind Mangeriya
Bidada

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