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The Aircraft Carrier for the Indian Navy

Lt Gen G S Katoch writes, there is a misperception that the acquisition of India’s first aircraft carrier, the INS Vikrant, was an outcome of a misplaced importance that India gave itself in the world, post-independence.The Vikrant gave the Indian Navy the image and capability to dominate the Indian Ocean, which precluded the permanent presence of the major Navies in the Indian Ocean in the manner that they have maintained a presence in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.