Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India on 14 June 2014 dedicated INS Vikramaditya to the nation. With this, India’s largest warship, INS Vikramaditya has been inducted into Indian Navy.
During his visit to warship INS Vikramadtya off Goa coast in Arabian Sea, the Prime Minister was given a ceremonial guard of honour by the Navy and was briefed about the warship.
About INS Vikramaditya
INS Vikramaditya has been acquired from Russia for over 15000 crore rupees. The deal for the warship was signed in 2004 during previous NDA regime. It has been dedicated to the nation after a gap of 10 years, whereas it joined Indian Navy on 16 November 2013 after being commissioned by the then Union Defence Minister AK Antony at Sevmash shipyard of Russia.
• Length of the ship – about 284 meters and a beam of 60 meters
• It has a total of 22 decks and carries 1600 personnel
• Is capable of sustaining herself in sea for about 45 days
• It is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier
• It has been renamed in honour of legendary 1st Century BC emperor, Vikramaditya
The ship was originally built as Baku and was commissioned in 1987. It served Soviet Union till its dissolution and Russian Navies before being decommissioned in 1996 as it was too expensive to operate.
When: 14 June 2014