Modi, who was accompanied by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, said that yesterday we celebrated Independence Day but it's our Armed Forces that protect a free India.
Modi said: "INS Kolkata will send a message around the globe. INS Kolkata proves India's indigenous capabilities."
The entire nation may not be in uniform but we stand firmly behind you & are proud of you: PM to Armed Forces of India
The entire nation may not be in uniform but we stand firmly behind you & are proud of you: PM to Armed Forces of India— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 16, 2014
Remembering Chhtrapati Shivaji, Modi said that 'Chhatrapati Shivaji understood the importance of securing the seas for increasing trade.' "No country will dare challenge India after commissioning of INS Kolkata," he said.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said that it was a historic day for the country. "I hope this ship will enhance our Navy's capacity," Jaitley said.
INS Kolkata will have close-in weapon system along with two guns for protection.