April 28, 2019

A blast in a steam pipe in the engine room of aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is believed to have led to the fire that claimed the life of a naval officer at INS Kadamba naval base.


  • What is it? INS Vikramaditya is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier.

  • Name: She has been renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, a legendary emperor of Ujjain, India.

  • History:
    • 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 in 2004.

    • It entered into service with the Indian Navy in 2013 and was formally dedicated it to the nation in 2014 by Prime Minister of India.