By Krishna Kataria,Project Research Associate, Maritime History Society (MHS)
India’s first indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier began its sea trials off the coast of Kochi in August, 2021. The launch of the new Vikrant, was a seminal event in India’s maritime journey and one that brought a palpable sense of maritime pride. The landmark achievement put India in an exclusive list of nations that have demonstrated the capability to indigenously design and build these powerful naval vessels. The Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC – 1) is designated to be named Vikrant, the same as the Indian Navy’s first aircraft carrier that was decommissioned in 1997. The illustrious predecessor was in commission for more than 35 years and had played a key role in India’s victory in the 1971 War.