INS Vikramditya – India’s second aircraft carrier- is back on its feet. Three of the ship’s eight boilers that had malfunctioned during trials last year have been “opened up and set right”. The Navy intends to commission the ship in Russia and sail it back to India by October- November 2013. It is expected to join active service by December.
The induction of the 45,000-tonne aircraft carrier that can carry about 30-odd aircraft was delayed by almost a year.Because the seas in Northern Russia are frozen, the INS Vikramaditya can sail out of the port only in June this year for “delivery acceptance trials” – the penultimate stage before a ship is commissioned.
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