This is Prime Minister's first visit outside Delhi after taking over on May 26. He is scheduled to spend around three hours on the 44,500-tonne Vikramaditya, which showcases India's naval prowess. (Agencies)
During his stay onboard the ship, acquired from Russia for over Rs 15,000 crore, Modi would witness 'air power demonstration' by various naval aircraft, including MiG 29K, Sea Harriers, P 8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft, TU 142M and IL-38SD maritime surveillance planes along with Kamov and Sea King helicopters.
He also witness high-speed manoeuvres by the Navy's Western Fleet ships including aircraft carrier INS Viraat, Delhi-class destroyers and Talwar-class frigates.
The Prime Minister saw the take-off and 'arrestor wire landing operations' and high-speed low-level operations of MiG29 K integral fighter planes onboard the flight deck of Vikramaditya.
Modi interacted with the crew onboard and address officers and sailors of the Navy. He was also scheduled to inaugurate the Shore-based Test Facilty meant for practicing carrier-based take-off and landing operations but this has been cancelled due to his other engagements in the state.
The deal for the aircraft carrier was signed during the previous NDA regime in 2004 and the ship will be dedicated to the nation after a gap of ten years.
The vessel had joined the Indian Navy on November 16, 2013. The ship was earlier commissioned by the then defence minister A K Antony in Russia.
Vikramaditya, a floating airfield, has an overall length of about 284 metres and a maximum beam of about 60 metres, stretching as much as three football fields put together.
Standing about 20 storeys tall from keel to the highest point, the ship has a total of 22 decks and carries 1,600 personnel.
Its logistics requirements include nearly a lakh of eggs, 20,000 litres of milk and 16 tonnes of rice per month. With her complete stock of provisions, she is capable of sustaining herself at sea for about 45 days.
Tight security for PM's INS Vikramaditya trip
Warships, combat aircraft and surveillance planes have been deployed by the Navy as it is leaving no stone unturned to provide fool-proof security to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Warships have been deployed for securing the INS Hansa naval air base where the Prime Minister landed before taking a chopper ride to aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya in the Arabian Sea.
Sea traffic coming towards the Goa shore are being kept under a watch by surveillance planes.
At INS Vikramaditya, which has no air defence system of its own, the warships of the carrier battle group including Talwar class frigates and Delhi class destroyers will look after securing the largest warship from aerial threat, they said.
The MiG 29K combat aircraft also have been deployed to patrol the area when the Prime Minister moves to embark the vessel in a Sea King helicopter to protect him from any airborne threat, they said.
This is Prime Minister's first visit outside Delhi after taking over on May 26. He is scheduled to spend around three hours on the 44,500-tonne Vikramaditya, which showcases India's naval prowess.