Fire aboard INS Vikramaditya, all personnel safe: Marine
There was a minor fire aboard the Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya on Saturday morning, a Navy spokesperson said.
The fire has been extinguished and all personnel on board are safe, the spokesperson said in a statement here. “Service personnel observed smoke emanating from the part of the warship housing the sailors. The ship’s service personnel acted quickly to fight the fire. All personnel on board have been counted and no major damage has been reported, ”the statement said.
An investigation into the incident is ordered, he said, adding that the aircraft carrier is in the port of Karwar in Karnataka.
The warship is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier purchased by India from Russia in 2013 and was renamed in honor 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, its operation being too expensive.
INS Vikramaditya, a floating airfield, has a total length of 284 meters and a maximum width of 60 meters, extending to three football fields joined together.
Approximately 20 stories high from the keel to the highest point, the ship has a total of 22 decks and carries approximately 1,600 people.