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.
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.
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MEDITERRANEAN SEA | Sailors board a rigid-hull inflatable boat from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) while transiting the Mediterranean Sea. USS Donald Cook is forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, on [...]
GDYNIA, Poland | Lt. j.g. Margaret Willets, left, gives a tour of the pilothouse of the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) to Polish navy leadership, Gdynia city officials and members of the U.S. [...]
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. | The expeditionary fast transport ship USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) departs Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va. USNS City of Bismarck is underway performing regional [...]
PACIFIC OCEAN | Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Austin Gonzales directs an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Stingers" of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 113 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt [...]