Indian Navy INS Vikramaditya

INS Vikramaditya (Sanskrit, Vikramāditya meaning “Brave as the Sun”) is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier which entered into service with the Indian Navy in 2013. She has been renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, a legendary emperor of Ujjain, India. Originally built as Baku and commissioned in 1987, the carrier served with the Soviet Navy and later with the Russian Navy (as Admiral Gorshkov) before being decommissioned in 1996. The carrier was purchased by India on 20 January 2004 after years of negotiations at a final price of $2.35 billion. The ship successfully completed her sea trials in July 2013 and aviation trials in September 2013. She was commissioned on 16 November 2013 at a ceremony held at Severodvinsk, Russia. On 14 June 2014, Prime Minister of India formally inducted INS Vikramaditya into the Indian Navy and dedicated it to the nation.

Indian Navy INS Vikramaditya
Indian Navy INS Vikramaditya


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