Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday dubbed INS Vikramaditya as the ‘Sikandar of Samundar’ after spending 24 hours onboard this aircraft carrier with the Western Fleet of Indian Navy off the Goa Coast.
The Defence Minister spent Friday night onboard INS Vikramaditya and performed yoga along with Navy personnel on Sunday morning.
Rajnath Singh also took to Twitter and shared his experience onboard the INS Vikramaditya.
‘Spent 24 hours at INS Vikramaditya. This aircraft carrier is the ‘Sikandar of Samundar’. Visiting ‘Vikramaditya’ was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. A Day at Sea has given me a new perspective about the capabilities and power of the Indian Navy,” he tweeted.
In a series of tweets, the Defence Minister said that it was a ”matter of great pride” for him to have got the opportunity to interact with the Indian Navy personnel.
In the concluding tweet, Singh said that on his return to New Delhi, he will personally write a letter to all the families of all Indian Navy personnel who are currently serving at the ‘INS Vikramaditya’.
The Defence Minister also took the opportunity to warn Pakistan and said that it still continues to make attempts to destabilise and divide the country. He, however, asserted that Navy and Coast Guard are keeping a strict vigil foil such efforts.
Singh said, “We cannot forget 26/11 and if there was a lapse (that led to the attack) then it cannot be repeated. Our Navy and Coast Guard are always on alert.”
The Defence Minister had on Saturday commissioned the newly built Scorpene-class submarine INS Khanderi. The submarine was handed over to the Navy by Mazgaon Dockyard Ltd, a defence PSU, on September 19.
Earlier on September 19, Rajnath Singh flew in the Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport in Bengaluru, becoming the first defence minister to fly in the indigenously-built light combat aircraft (LCA).