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What an Indian naval shipyard looks like


Sam Roggeveen


24 August 2011 11:59

This photo, courtesy of Indian milblog Broadsword, shows three sleek and modern destroyers in various stages of completion. Perhaps this appearance is deceiving, but when you look at the wider scene, you do ask yourself how they ever build such advanced vessels among the disorder and decay. (As Broadsword blogger Ajai Shukla explains, the disorder in Indian naval shipbuilding actually goes well beyond the visual.)

Another interesting question is why photos like this are so rare. Photos and video of China's new aircraft carrier are plastered all over the web (many taken from the roof of the local Ikea). Yet India's 260m long indigenous aircraft carrier is due to hit the water this year, and no one has managed to post even a single photo online.