India's biggest warship INS Vikramaditya to undergo first refit next year

Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, India's biggest warship, will undergo its first refit next year and it is likely to be carried out at Pipavav shipyard, part of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group.

PTI| Updated: Aug 17, 2015, 18:27 PM IST

New Delhi: Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, India's biggest warship, will undergo its first refit next year and it is likely to be carried out at Pipavav shipyard, part of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group.

Defence sources said that the first refit of the 45000- tonne ship will be done after the International Fleet Review in February 2016.

While the Russians, being the original manufacturer, will carry out the refit, the sources said it is likely to be conducted at Pipavav shipyard in Gujarat and will also involve Indian engineers and workers.

Details of all the repairs required to be carried out at Pipavav have been received and a budgetary quote is being prepared, the sources said.

The refit is expected to take four months.

Vikramaditya is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier which was purchased by India from Russia for the navy and joined the fleet in 2013.

The ship, which was earlier called 'Admiral Gorshkov', was renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, a legendary first century BC emperor.

Commissioned in 1987, the carrier served with the Soviet and Russian navies before being decommissioned in 1996, for being too expensive to operate.

Vikramaditya, a floating airfield, has an overall length of about 284 metres and a maximum beam of about 60 metres, stretching as much as three football fields put together. Standing about 20 storeys tall from the keel to the highest point, the ship has a total of 22 decks and carries 1,600 personnel.

Its logistics requirements include nearly a lakh of eggs, 20,000 litres of milk and 16 tonnes of rice per month. With its complete stock of provisions, the ship is capable of sustaining itself at sea for about 45 days.