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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.


The annual USI National Security Seminar was held on 01-02 November 2018 at the United Service Institution of India (USI), New Delhi. The USI National Security Seminar has focussed on the Indo-Pacific Region since 2009 and this was the 10th edition of the Indo-Pacific series. The theme for this year’s seminar was “Evolving Geo-politics of the Indo-Pacific Region: Challenges and Prospects”. The seminar brought together varying perspectives on strategic challenges, and prospects for cooperation in the security and economic domains