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India Launches New Aircraft Carrier as China Concerns Grow

In this handout picture provided by the Indian Navy, INS Vikrant, India's first indigenously-built aircraft carrier, sails for sea trials from Kochi, India, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. India on Friday commissioned its first home-built aircraft carrier in its quest to match an aggressive China with a much larger naval fleet. The INS Vikrant (Powerful), the new 262-meter (860-foot) carrier designed by the Indian navy and built at the Cochin shipyard in southern India, was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of the country's commemoration of 75 years of independence from British rule. (Indian Navy via AP)
In this handout picture provided by the Indian Navy, INS Vikrant, India's first indigenously-built aircraft carrier, sails for sea trials from Kochi, India, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. India on Friday commissioned its first home-built aircraft carrier in its quest to match an aggressive China with a much larger naval fleet. The INS Vikrant (Powerful), the new 262-meter (860-foot) carrier designed by the Indian navy and built at the Cochin shipyard in southern India, was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of the country's commemoration of 75 years of independence from British rule. (Indian Navy via AP)
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New Delhi (AP) -- India commissioned its first home-built aircraft carrier Friday as it seeks to counter regional rival China's much larger and growing fleet, and expand its own indigenous shipbuilding capabilities.

The INS Vikrant, whose name is a Sanskrit word for “powerful" or "courageous," is India's second operational aircraft carrier, joining the Soviet-era INS Vikramaditya that it purchased from Russia in 2004 to defend the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal.