INS Vikramaditya

                                 INS VIKRAMADITYA

After a long wait, India's second aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya will be commissioned by defence minister, AK Antony, in Russia on November 16.

The 44,570- tonne warship which is a refurbished version of the Russian vessel Admiral Gorshkov, will join the Indian Navy soon after commissioning.
INS Vikramaditya had recently completed extensive sea trails in Russia. Though it was expected to be inducted into the Indian Navy by last year as per the revised time-frame.

Originally built as Baku and commissioned in 1987, the carrier served with the Soviet and Russian Navies before being decommissioned in 1996 as she was too expensive to operate on a post-Cold War budget. 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 formally commissioned on 16 November 2013 at a ceremony held at Severodvinsk, Russia.

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