Navy to get 80 new warships in two years

The Navy is all set to get younger with over 80 new warships, including two aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines each, scheduled to join its fleet.

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2011, 16:02 PM IST

Mumbai: The Navy is all set to get younger
with over 80 new warships, including two aircraft carriers and
nuclear submarines each, scheduled to join its fleet.

Due to the scheduled inductions in next couple of years,
the average age of the fleet would come down making it a
comparatively younger force, Navy spokesperson Commander PVS
Satish said on the sidelines of President`s Fleet Review (PFR)
here.

"The present average age of the naval fleet is around 12
to 15 years. But by the time the next PFR takes place, the
force would be younger by three to four years," Satish said.

Meanwhile, addressing the officers and sailors of Indian
Navy, President Pratibha Patil said, "The Navy, today, is
poised to achieve new milestones with the imminent induction
of the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, the Kolkata Class
stealth destroyers, the follow-on frigates of the Talwar
Class, the indigenous ASW Corvettes and an impressive number
of submarines and aircraft."

On induction of indigenous submarines and frigates, she
said, "The launch of the nuclear submarine Arihant, and
induction of the indigenously built Shivalik Class frigates
are an reflection of the capability of our shipyards and
technological competence of our personnel."

The President today reviewed the naval might of the
country and took salute from a flotilla of 81 ships, including
four submarines and 44 aircraft of Navy and Indian Coast
Guard.

PTI