From the time the first indigenous aircraft carrier sailed out of Cochin Shipyard, it has been in the news. India has become one of the few countries in the world which has the ability to build a complex ship like an aircraft carrier.
It is not only the hull and propulsion but there are hundreds of components and equipment which go into the build. As they say, an aircraft carrier is a “ship” alright but it is a “town-ship”.
It is so-called because the crew lives on board and therefore home for them. A ship must be a good home to the crew for them to give their best to the country.
It is in this context that many ancillary industries have to take up the challenge of manufacturing components that are required to make the ship a reasonably comfortable home and a good fighting platform.