Difference between revisions of "Vasco da Gama"
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Vasco da Gama is a port city in the west coast Indian state Goa. Vasco -- as Goa's most populous overgrown town is referred to, and the adjoining Mormugao port are busy, dusty and mainly commercial centres today. Mormugao Port was constructed in 1888, and is today one of the major ports of India. Between one-third of India's ore exports leave from here.
Ship-builder Goa Shipyard Limited, that builds Navy and Coast Guard vessels, is built on the 1957-formed colonial barge-repair yard Estaleiros Navais de Goa.
The Indian Navy also has a conspicious presence in Mormugao, with its vast campus, and its contested control over the Dabolim airport enclave. INS Gomantak is the headquarters of the Indian Navy in Goa and sits on the hill overlooking St Andrew's Church and the Zuari river. Nearby is the naval hospital INS Jeevanti. Overlooking the Mormugao Port is the Navy's hydrographic school. This area's largest naval presence is the INS Hansa, which includes the Dabolim aiport.