INSVikramadityaAircraftCarrier SailsOut FromRussia to India

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    SOURCE: RIA
    Novosti

    India’s
    Vikramaditya
    aircraft carrier
    left a shipyard in
    northern Russia
    on Tuesday,
    embarking on a
    long voyage to
    its permanent
    base half way
    across the world,
    the Sevmash
    shipbuilder said.
    The
    Vikramaditya, a
    refurbished
    Russian carrier
    known as the
    Admiral
    Gorshkov, will
    make a short
    stop for
    refueling in the
    White Sea then
    proceed to the
    port of
    Murmansk,
    where the
    warship will
    stay for several
    days stocking up
    on fuel and other
    supplies before
    heading to a
    naval base in
    Karwar in
    southwestern
    India.
    The aircraft
    carrier, which
    was handed over
    to the Indian
    navy on
    November 16,
    will be
    accompanied by
    an Indian tanker
    and a frigate on
    the first leg of
    the voyage,
    which is
    expected to take
    about two
    months.
    According to
    Sevmash, there
    are some 180
    Russian
    specialists on
    board the
    warship who are
    tasked with
    monitoring the
    vessel’s overall
    performance and
    the on-site
    training of the
    Indian crew, as
    well as providing
    assistance in
    fixing any
    possible glitches
    in the operation
    of the ship’s
    systems,
    including air
    conditioning.
    Part of the
    Russian
    personnel will
    stay on the
    Vikramaditya
    after its arrival
    in India in order
    to provide
    maintenance
    services under a
    one-year
    warranty
    agreement,
    followed by a
    servicing
    contract for a
    period of up to 40
    years, the
    Sevmash said.
    The
    Vikramaditya
    carrier, which is
    now five years
    past its original
    2008 delivery
    date, was
    supposed to have
    been handed over
    to India in
    December 2012,
    but last year’s
    sea trials
    revealed that the
    vessel’s boilers
    were not fully
    functional.
    The ship’s
    refitting has
    lurched from one
    crisis to another
    since India and
    Russia signed a $
    947 million deal
    in 2004 for its
    purchase and
    refurbishment.
    Delivery has
    been delayed
    three times,
    pushing up the
    cost to $2.3
    billion, sparking
    acrimony
    between Moscow
    and New Delhi
    over the
    contract.
    The Indian Navy
    has already
    taken delivery of
    some of the
    carrier’s
    MiG-29K naval
    fighter aircraft,
    which were
    completed before
    their parent ship
    was ready for
    sea.
    Source: idrw
     
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