Weather Cut Things Short, But Navy Still Showed Modi Plenty

MiG-29K (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29K (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29K (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
Tupolev Tu-142 (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
Ilyushin Il-38SD (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
Boeing P-8I (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
MiG-29K on INS Vikramaditya, INS Viraat in background (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
INS Viraat from INS Vikramaditya's flight deck (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
INS Viraat steams past INS Vikramaditya (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
Westland Sea King Mk.42C (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
Destroyer INS Mumbai (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
Frigate INS Tarkash (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
Frigate INS Teg (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
Frigate INS Godavari (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
Frigate INS Betwa (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
Frigate INS Talwar (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
Sukanya-class patrol vessel INS Suvarna (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
Destroyer INS Mysore (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
HAL Dhruv (Photo by & ©Sitanshu Kar)
The seas off Goa were choppy enough on Saturday for the Indian Navy to shorten the planned air power display for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. For instance, two planned trappings of MiG-29Ks on the INS Vikramaditya were cancelled as the weather got rougher, and pilots ordered almost at the last moment to effect touch-and-go's instead, off the rain-swept flight deck. For all that grey weather, it was a fine display. I requested Ministry of Defence chief spokesperson Sitanshu Kar, a passionate photographer himself, to send me a batch of the photographs I was sure he had taken during the maritime power display. Here they are.

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