India 2017-04-18T13:36:27+00:00

1 STOBAR carrier: INS Vikramaditya, 45,400 tons, modified Kiev class. The carrier was purchased by India on 20 January 2004 after years of negotiations at a final price of $2.35 billion. The ship successfully completed her sea trials in July 2013 and aviation trials in September 2013. She was formally commissioned on 16 November 2013 at a ceremony held at Severodvinsk, Russia.

Recently INS Viraat, previously known as the Royal Navy’s HMS Hermes, was retired from active service. India currently has only one aircraft carrier.

Future

India started the construction of a 40,000-tonne, 260-metre-long (850 ft) Vikrant-class aircraft carrier in 2009. The new carrier will operate MiG-29K and naval HAL Tejas aircraft along with the Indian-made helicopter HAL Dhruv.The ship will be powered by four gas-turbine engines and will have a range of 8,000 nautical miles (15,000 kilometers), carrying 160 officers, 1,400 sailors, and 30 aircraft. The carrier is being constructed by Cochin Shipyard. The ship was launched in August 2013 and is scheduled for commissioning in 2018.

A second Vikrant-class carrier INS Vishal with a displacement of over 65,000 tons is planned and likely to be nuclear-powered with CATOBAR system to launch and recover heavier aircraft and unmanned combat aircraft. The project is in the design phase as of April 2015.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) arrives at its homeport

December 12th, 2017|0 Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (Dec. 10, 2017) | The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) arrives at its homeport, Naval Station Everett, after a six-month deployment with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, Dec. 10, [...]

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) completes first underway replenishment

December 7th, 2017|0 Comments

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 4, 2017) |The USS Gerald R. Ford successfully completed its first underway replenishment (UNREP) on Monday. During the UNREP, supplies such as fuel, ammunition and food are sent across cables from [...]

USS Fitzgerald Returns to Fleet Activities

December 4th, 2017|0 Comments

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) | The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) returned to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka Nov. 26, aboard heavy-lift transport vessel Transshelf. Fitzgerald returned to repair two punctures in her hull [...]

Grading range targets following a weapons qualification course on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

November 29th, 2017|0 Comments

INDIAN OCEAN (Nov. 26, 2017) | Chief Gunner's Mate Nick Ayala grades range targets following a weapons qualification course on an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is [...]

Sailors work on the AC-2A Greyhound on the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

November 29th, 2017|0 Comments

INDIAN OCEAN (Nov. 26, 2017) | Sailors work on the propeller of an AC-2A Greyhound, assigned to the Providers of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS [...]

M240 machine gun fired from the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

November 28th, 2017|0 Comments

INDIAN OCEAN (Nov. 21, 2017) | Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Jacob Karpinsky fires an M240 machine gun from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a crew-served weapons shoot. Theodore [...]