INS Vikramaditya, Indian Navy’s new aircraft carrier, held a change of command ceremony today at Karwar.
Captain Krishna Swaminathan has assumed charge as the second Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier. The ship was commissioned at Severodvinsk in Russia on 16 November 2013 and has since been commanded by Captain Suraj Berry, NM.
The flagship and centre-piece of the Navy’s operations, INS Vikramaditya is under the administrative control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, Mumbai and is part of the sword arm of Indian Navy viz. the Western Fleet.
The ship is capable of operating MiG 29K/KuB fighters, Sea Harrier, Kamov 31, Kamov 28, Sea King, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and Chetak Helicopters from its deck.
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