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Project Seabird: INS Kadamba

  • 28 Jun 2021
  • 3 min read

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Recently, the Defence Minister visited the Karwar Naval Base in Karnataka to review the ongoing infrastructure development under Phase-II of ‘Project Seabird’.

Key Points

  • Project Seabird-Phase II:
    • Project Seabird involves construction of a naval base over an area of 11,169 acres.
    • Phase I comprised construction of a deep-sea harbour, breakwaters dredging, a township, a naval hospital, a dockyard uplift centre and a ship lift. It was completed in 2005.
    • Phase-II of Project Seabird was cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security in 2012. It envisages expanding facilities to house additional warships and set up a new Naval Air Station, among other plans.
    • INS Kadamba is currently the third-largest Indian naval base, and is expected to become the largest naval base in the eastern hemisphere after completion of expansion Phase II.
    • The Navy’s lone aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is based at Karwar. The base also has the country’s first sealift facility, a unique “shiplift” and transfer system for docking and undocking ships and submarines.
    • The project involves several technical and environmental challenges.
  • Efforts to Boost Self Reliance in Indian Navy:
    • More than two-thirds of the Navy's modernisation budget has been spent on indigenous procurement in the last five financial years.
    • Out of the 48 ships and submarines, 46 are being inducted through indigenous construction.
    • Project 75 (I) envisages indigenous construction of submarines equipped with the state-of-the-art Air Independent Propulsion system at an estimated cost of Rs. 43,000 crore.
    • Aircraft Carrier Vikrant, likely to be commissioned in 2022, is a shining example of the Navy's self-reliance efforts.
    • The Navy is continuously strengthening India’s relations with its maritime neighbours with its focus on 'SAGAR' (Security & Growth for All in Region).
      • From rescuing stranded Indian nationals from affected countries to ferrying-in critical equipment, including oxygen cylinders, from abroad, Indian Navy has worked tirelessly in the fight against Covid-19 (Operation Samudra Setu - I and II).
      • SAGAR was launched in 2015. It is India’s strategic vision for the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

Source: TH

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