Fire Onboard INS Vikramaditya

INS Vikramaditya (R33) with a Sea Harrier
INS Vikramaditya (R33) with a Sea Harrier

There was a minor fire onboard India’s aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya on Saturday morning, a Navy spokesperson said. The fire was doused and all personnel on board are safe, the spokesperson said in a statement.

“The duty staff observed smoke emanating from the part of the warship having accommodation for sailors.”

“The ship’s duty personnel acted promptly to fight the fire. All personnel on board have been accounted for and no major damage has been reported,” the statement said.

An inquiry into the incident is being ordered, the spokesperson said, adding that the aircraft carrier is at Karwar harbour in Karnataka.

The warship is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier purchased by India from Russia in 2013 and was renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, the legendary emperor. Originally built as Baku and commissioned in 1987, the carrier served with the Soviet (until the dissolution of the Soviet Union) and Russian Navies before being decommissioned in 1996, it being too expensive to operate.


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