The soon to be inducted INS Vikramaditya, formerly Admiral Gorshkov is currently undergoing sea trails in the White Sea. The Indian Navy is getting the naval base INS Kadamba at Karwar ready to welcome the massive Russian built aircraft carrier once it reaches the Indian shores.
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The aircraft carrier will be stationed at the INS Kadamba after it is handed over to the Indian Navy and that preparations are underway in full swing to house INS Vikramaditya. The carrier will be the Navy’s second aircraft carrier and the largest ship in the Indian Navy’s inventory. The Naval Station at Karwar will also become a major airbase with a majority of the navy’s air power based there.
INS Kadamba is one of the biggest naval stations not just in India but entire Asia. Expansion of the base is currently under way. The Phase I expansion of the naval base has been completed and Phase II Alpha expansion is currently under way. Phase II would allow berthing of upto 32 warships from the current capacity of 22 warships.
Work for the second phase of the base has already begun, and this is expected to create large-scale employment opportunities for the local youth. In the next 10 years, a number of infrastructure projects are expected to come up for construction in Karwar and Ankola.The cost of completion of the second phase will not be less than Rs 1,25,000 crore, which will be five times the amount spent in the first phase.
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