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Launches highlight India's sea ambitions

Updated: 2013-08-12 07:13
By Pu Zhendong ( China Daily)

Launches highlight India's sea ambitions

India's successively launching of its first nuclear submarine and aircraft carrier shows New Delhi's upgraded naval capability and its ambition to dominate the India Ocean, observers say.

The 37,500-ton aircraft carrier INS Vikrant will enter the water on Monday at Kochi shipyard in southern India, four years after its keel was laid. The Vikrant makes India the fifth country, after the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia and France, to design and build a carrier.

The launch came days after India announced on Saturday that its first nuclear submarine, INS Arihant is ready for sea trials, a step before it becomes fully operational.

Launches highlight India's sea ambitions

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