INS Vikra­ma­ditya reaches the home-port at Kar­war Naval Base

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With INS Vikra­ma­ditya set­tling in at home­port Kar­war Naval Base in Kar­nataka, it will soon be time for the crew, led by Com­modore Su­raj Berry, to set out to sea again. If sources are to be be­lieved, the 44,500-tonne ship will up an­chor and com­mence on a rou­tine of op­er­a­tional train­ing ex­er­cises in the Ara­bian Sea from Jan­uary 16 with ships from the Western Fleet. The ex­er­cise will carry on for at least a fort­night, af­ter which, the ves­sel is likely to sail to Mum­bai for a for­mal re­cep­tion that could see even Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh in at­ten­dance. The ship will also sail to Visakha­p­at­nam from Mum­bai af­ter planned cer­e­mo­ni­als.

On its voy­age to In­dia, the Vikra­ma­ditya con­ducted ba­sic exer- cises at sea with the In­dian de­stroy­ers, frigates and tanker that es­corted it across the Ara­bian Sea. So far un­weaponised, the ship still has a long way to go be­fore it is the op­er­a­tional plat­form it is in­tended to be. Ac­cord­ing to top In­dian Navy sources, ap­pre­hen­sions about the plat­form’s per­for­mance in trop­i­cal wa­ters—its first time ever—have been be­lied by the smoothe pas­sage of the ship into much warmer wa­ters than it is used to. Over the next three-four months, the crew of INS Vikra­ma­ditya, along with the 75-strong Rus­sian guar­an­tee team, will put the ship through the paces through the sear­ing In­dian sum­mer to con­firm all per­for­mance pa­ram­e­ters at for­bid­ding tem­per­a­tures out at sea.

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