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- Mar 7, 2009
Aircraft carrier vessel at Vizag by 2016: Navy chief
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Aircraft-carrier-vessel-at-Vizag-by-2016-Navy-chief/articleshow/4328782.cmsChief of Naval Staff Admiral Sureesh Mehta said an aircraft carrier vessel would be based at Visakhapatnam by the end of 2016.
Speaking at the Naval investiture ceremony at ENC on Saturday, the Chief of Naval Staff said the Indian Navy would acquire eight new surveillance aircraft soon.
The Indian Navy's growth would see a massive expansion into a 160-ship force with almost 300 aircraft by 2022 with satellite surveillance and net-centric operations to provide force multiplication.
He said the role of ENC has gained importance in the Indian Ocean. The command ships are now in Singapore for joint exercises, and soon they would participate in joint exercises in the China sea too. The new Naval Academy in Kerala would be set up by June this year, Sureesh Mehta said at a news conference later.
On the merger of Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), the Admiral said the Navy always preferred indigenous ships. There were three ship-building units in the country and they have a handful of orders with 38 ships in construction.
To a question, the Navy chief said 24 hours flight operation would be carried out at the airport if there were any demands. The Indian Navy was in the forefront of anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, which was much appreciated the world over.
Admiral Sureesh Mehta took the salute at an impressive parade comprising 24 platoons and gave away the President's Gallantry and Non-Gallantry Awards to 39 Naval personnel.