From Russia to France, countries hail Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikrant
New Delhi, Sept. 3: Several foreign envoys, who attended the commissioning ceremony of India‘s first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant in Kochi on Friday, acknowledged the country’s rise as a world power.
Hailing India’s growing prowess in defense manufacturing, the foreign ambassadors also pledged to forge stronger partnerships with New Delhi bearing in mind the rapidly changing geostrategic situation as well as the challenges of security in the Indo-Pacific and the Indian Ocean region.
Denis Alipov, the Russian ambassador to India, underlined not only the friendship between the two nations which has remained intact “despite the current difficulties and tensions in the world”, but also that the warship was developed with Russian participation.
‘Today’s participation in the commissioning of INS Vikrant by Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India’s first swadeshi aircraft carrier. A glorious moment for the country and its people. Russia is proud to be part of it. Jai Vikrant! Shano varuna!’ Alipov tweeted.
The veteran diplomat posted several photos from the event held at the Cochin Shipyard before heading to the Cochin University of Science and Technology to hold a discussion on prospects for Russian-Indian collaboration in the education and scientific research.
“It is a proud moment for India to have built a major indigenous aircraft carrier. India is moving towards self-sufficiency and has shown rapid progress towards becoming a major world power. The world needs a super strong India,” the Russian Ambassador told ANI later.
French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain congratulated India and said Paris was already looking forward to seeing INS Vikrant sailing with the French Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Indo-Pacific.
“Congratulations, India, for commissioning the IAC Vikrant and joining the club of nations capable of manufacturing aircraft carriers! France looks forward to seeing INS Vikrant sail with carrier Charles de Gaulle in our joint actions in the Indo-Pacific,” Lenain tweeted.
Having already promised to make the India-France strategic partnership “a force for global good”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron have made it their duty to expand operational cooperation between the two countries in the Indo region. -Peaceful.
India and France have also focused on closer partnership in the field of co-design, co-development and co-production of different defense equipment in India.
Commenting on a video of Barak 1 surface-to-air missiles (SAM) being tested from INS Vikramaditya, the Israeli Embassy in India commended India for the commissioning of “Made-in-India INS Vikrant” and said said it was “delighted to see the productive results of India-Israel cooperation in the defense sector.
“Congratulations to our Indian brothers. Good job! A little insight into Indo-Israeli defense cooperation. United we will prevail,” tweeted Naor Gilon, Israel’s Ambassador to India.
The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), in collaboration with Indian industry comprised of private and public sectors, including MSMEs, jointly developed the surface-to-air missile to Medium Range (MRSAM), a state-of-the-art missile system against aerial threats such as fighter jets, drones, guided and unguided munitions, and cruise missiles.
Alex Ellis, the British High Commissioner to India, tweeted a video of himself from the cockpit of INS Vikrant and stressed that India and the UK believe in the importance of the freedom of the high sea.
Our growing interactions demonstrate a shared commitment to a rules-based international system, a belief in the values of open trade, and the importance of the freedom of the high seas – a right passed down to all nations.
“Honored to be present at the commissioning of INS Vikrant by Narendra Modi – a great day for the Indian Navy and for the open and free seas,” Ellis tweeted.
Last October, as the UK’s Carrier Strike Group (CSG) led by HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed the Bay of Bengal in a powerful display of the UK’s comprehensive strategic partnership with India , the British High Commissioner mentioned that the Indian and the Royal Navy are deep-sea and multi-carrier navies, which puts them in a very closed club.
Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell also tweeted his experience of seeing INS Vikrant up close in Kochi today.
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