India: First EVER indigenously built INS Vikrant aircraft carrier undocks successfully

The aircraft carrier INS Vikrant successfully undocked at the Cochin Shipyard for the first time on Wednesday. Senior officials and public sector workers were present as the newly completed carrier was pulled out by tug boats. The 40,000 tonne Vikrant will continue to undergo a series of trials, with the first expected to take place in 2017. The carrier will be formally inducted at the end of 2018, with India joining France, the US, the UK and Russia as the only nation's in the world who have managed to construct an aircraft carrier. As the first ever aircraft carrier built by India, the INS Vikrant was launched in 2013 after work began on the vessel in 1999. A sizeable 262 m (860 ft) in length, the ship features a 60 m (200 ft) beam and has a depth of 25.6 m (84 ft). Able to travel at 28 knots (52 km / 32 miles), the Vikeant comes equipped with 4 x Otobreda 76 mm (3 in) dual purpose cannons, Barak 1 & Barak 8 surface-to-air missile launchers and an AK-630 weapon system.