India aircraft carrier: Nation joins elite naval group

India aircraft carrier: India has built its own aircraft carrier. Only the US, Russia, France and Britain can make the same claim.

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The Indian aircraft carrier is docked at a shipyard after its launch in Kochi, India, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. India has launched its first home-built aircraft carrier, marking another milestone in its efforts to bolster its maritime presence.

India has launched its first home-built aircraft carrier, marking another milestone in its efforts to bolster its maritime presence.

Defense Minister A.K. Antony said Monday that India needs a strong navy to defend itself, and that it will press ahead with developing its maritime capabilities.

India joins the U.S., Russia, France and Britain in building its own carrier. The carrier was launched at the Kochi shipyard in southern Kerala state, but it still needs to be outfitted and extensive trials held before it is inducted into the Indian navy in 2018.

India has steadily built up its naval capabilities in recent years, spurred by its rivalry with neighboring China.

On Saturday, India activated an atomic reactor for an indigenously built nuclear submarine.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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