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India to expand naval base in southern state of Karnataka

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  1. Osiris

    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

    Apr 15, 2010
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    India is all set to expand its newest strategic naval base at Karwar in the southern state of Karnataka, which will provide berth to nuclear submarines and up to 30 warships by 2017, local newspaper The Times of India said Thursday.

    "Phase-I is now fully complete. We have 10 warships based there. Now, the detailed project report for Phase-II is in final stages. After approval by Cabinet Committee on Security, construction will begin next year," Indian Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma told the newspaper.

    He said that the Navy will be able to berth 25 to 30 big warships at Karwar after Phase-II gets over by 2017.

    The base will also house a wide variety of smaller ships, including 10 of the 80 fast-interceptor craft of Sagar Prahari Bal, the specialized force being raised for coastal security after the Mumbai terror attacks which claimed the lives of over 170 people, the report said.

    Admiral Verma said: "Our maritime perspective plan takes into account the threats we may face in the future."

    With Navy keen to operate two carrier battle groups around 44, 570-ton Admiral Gorshkov and 40,000-ton indigenous aircraft carrier by 2014-2015, the Karwar base is critical for its blue water operations in Indian Ocean and beyond, he said.

    The 130-warship Navy also currently has three destroyers, six guided-missile frigates, six submarines, two fleet tankers, four anti-submarine corvettes, six survey vessels, six fast-attack craft and a sail training ship under construction.

    Moreover, it's on course to order another four destroyers and seven frigates, among other warships.

  2. gowthamraj

    gowthamraj Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

    Apr 14, 2010
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    has anybody have map pictures
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