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.

USS Mustin (DDG 89) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193)

March 31st, 2018|0 Comments

SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 31, 2018) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193). Mustin is [...]

A F-35B Lightning II prepares to take off from the flight deck of the USS Wasp (LHD 1)

March 27th, 2018|0 Comments

PHILIPPINE SEA (March 26, 2018) A F-35B Lightning II assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) prepares to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). [...]

Two French Navy Atlantique 2 Maritime Patrol Aircraft sit on the flightline at Sigonella Air Station

March 12th, 2018|0 Comments

SIGONELLA, Sicily (March 12, 2018) Two French Navy Atlantique 2 Maritime Patrol Aircraft sit on the flightline at Sigonella Air Station during Dynamic Manta 18. Dynamic Manta is an NATO Maritime Command-led exercise designed [...]

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departs Naval Base

February 27th, 2018|0 Comments

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 23, 2018) Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departs Naval Base San Diego in support of Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18). PP18's mission is to work collectively with host [...]

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class on guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105)

February 26th, 2018|0 Comments

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 24, 2018) Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Joe Tyson, front, and Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Jake Anderson, both assigned to Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105), man MK 38 MOD [...]

a .50-caliber machine gun aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer

February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

VARNA, Bulgaria (Feb. 18, 2018) Ship's Serviceman Seaman Darnell Thomas mans a .50-caliber machine gun aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), during mooring operations in Varna, Bulgaria, Feb. 18, 2018. [...]