In a significant ceremony held today at Cochin Shipyard, Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned INS Vikrant, India's first home-built aircraft carrier.

The 45,000-ton warship was built for 20,000 crore rupees. The largest warship ever constructed in India, the INS Vikrant is 262 metres long and 62 metres wide.

It is capable of carrying 30 aircraft, including helicopters and MiG-29K fighter jets. The warship has a capacity of around 1,600 crew members.

The Prime Minister stated that INS Vikrant is a reflection of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat mission while speaking at the event.

The new naval ensign was also unveiled at the event by the prime minister. The national flag is displayed on the upper canton of the new ensign.

The seal of the great Indian ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj served as the model for the octagonal shape with dual golden borders.text

The warship took more than ten years to build. Since August 21 of last year, the INS Vikrant has successfully completed several phases of sea trials.

Three careers in total have been inspired by the defence forces, one as a spare and one for each of the two main naval fronts in the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal.

The new warship is seen by the Indian Navy as a major upgrade to its equipment. Now, both India's eastern and western coastlines can host an aircraft carrier.