Today, Defence Minister Of India Rajnath Singh commissioned the INS Visakhapatnam, armed with the lethal BrahMos and Barak-8 missiles into the Indian Navy. This comes as a step to boost Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. On the occasion, he lauded and cited that India will not only build ships for personal use but also for the entire globe.

Sources claimed that the warship is the first in the series of Project 15B class of ships and is commanded by Captain Birendra Bians. It has been made at the Mumbai-based Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL), the premier defence shipyard located in Mumbai. A total of four vessels including, INS Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal, and Surat are to be made by the MDL.

Addressing the event, Singh mentioned that India envisions an Indo-Pacific region that is based on rules, and has freedom of navigation, and universal rules. Keeping in mind the security of the Indo-Pacific region, Singh highlighted that the role of the Indian Navy becomes more important. He also mentioned that India has the full opportunity to make complete use of its capabilities and move towards making the nation an indigenous shipbuilding hub.

The event was attended by Admiral Karambir Singh, the Chief of Naval Staff, and Vice Admiral R Harikumar, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command, who is the CNS-designate. Vice Admiral (Retd) Narayan Prasad, the Chairman and Managing Director, MDL, was also present.

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