India launched its first ever indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant in Kochi. As per the ship launching tradition, the ship was launched by Mrs.Elizabeth Antony, the wife of Defence Minister, Mr. A.K.Antony.

Addressing the media following the launch Mr. Antony said that a strong and vigilant Navy is needed to keep the coast line, island territories and sea lanes of communication open in the interest of the nation.
 
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