India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, being built at the Cochin Shipyard Limited and formally launched in August this year, will be commissioned by 2017, the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral D.K. Joshi, said on Saturday.

“With the commissioning of INS Vikrant, India will join the elite club of nations with the capability of designing and building aircraft carrier indigenously,” he told journalists on the sidelines of the passing-out parade at the Indian Naval Academy here.

Asked about the delay in the project to build Scorpene-class submarines in Mumbai, Admiral Joshi said these were likely to be in service by 2015.

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