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India's first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, INS Vikrant, will be delivered to the Indian Navy by 2021, Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, said on Saturday.

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Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba on Saturday said he was satisfied with the force's fleet and said more aircraft and submarines would be inducted in the days to come.

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Will India’s next aircraft carrier be a British design? British defense contractor BAE Systems is offering a Queen Elizabeth-class design as a contender for India’s third aircraft carrier, which will be built in India.

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Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba Saturday launched the third ship of Project 15B, a guided missile destroyer Imphal, at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, Mumbai.

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Buoyed by the success of the first ever Coastal Defence Exercise (Ex Sea Vigil), the government is mulling on handing overall responsibility of the coastal security to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

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The US has approved the sale of 24 multi-role MH-60R Seahawk helicopters, armed with Hellfire missiles, MK-54 torpedoes and precision-kill rockets to India at estimated cost of $2.6 billion, the Trump administration has notified the Congress.

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The exercise Varuna is scheduled to start on May 1, off Goa and Karwar. This maritime exercise will be held jointly by the Indian Navy and the French Navy (Marine Nationale in French). As part of the event will be present the French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle and the Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.

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After operationalising the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) signed with France, the Indian Navy is looking for access to French naval base in Djibouti for refuelling and operational turnaround, defence sources said.

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Japan and the US have a big role to play in getting India into the strategic Indo-Pacific region, something which has not found much favour with China, a new book has claimed.

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India and France are all set to hold their largest-ever naval exercise with aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines and fighters early next month as part of their expanding strategic partnership, even as the political slugfest between BJP and Congress over the Rs 59,000-crore contract for 36 Rafale jets continues.

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