A fire broke out on Wednesday aboard India’s only aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya while operating off the strategic base of Karwar in Karnataka, officials said. They said all personnel aboard the warship were safe. It is learned that Defense Minister Rajnath Singh was briefed on the incident by Navy Headquarters.
In a statement, the Navy said a Board of Inquiry had been appointed to investigate the fire. The aircraft carrier was conducting sea trials after undergoing a refit.
“During a scheduled voyage for the conduct of sea trials, a fire incident was reported on board INS Vikramaditya today. The vessel was operating off Karwar,” the Navy said.
“The fire was brought under control by the ship’s crew using onboard firefighting systems. No casualties were reported. A Board of Inquiry has been appointed to investigate the incident “, he added.
Officials said the incident happened in the evening. Earlier, a young naval officer died when a fire broke out aboard the lone aircraft carrier in April 2019. There was also a minor fire aboard INS Vikramaditya in May this year. last. The Indian Navy is expected to commission its second aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, next month.
INS Vikramaditya is a modified kyiv-class aircraft carrier purchased by India from Russia in 2013 in a $2.3 billion deal, and it was renamed in honor of Vikramaditya, the legendary emperor. The ship of Russian origin is often called a floating airfield. The 44,500-ton warship is about 284 meters long and its height is about 60 meters, which is equivalent to a 20-storey building from the keel to the highest point.
The ship has a total of 22 decks and it has the capacity to carry over 30 aircraft including an assortment of MiG 29K jets, Kamov 31 and Kamov 28 helicopters.
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