Navy’s new addition INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier has entered the Arabian Sea through Suez canal and is expected to reach its home base Karwar in Karnataka before Pongal in the middle of this month.
Navy sources said here on Thursday that the carrier was joined at the Arabian Sea by around 10 warships from Navy’s Western Fleet, led by its commander Rear Admiral Anil Chawla.
Vikramaditya, which was commissioned into the Navy fleet in Russia’s Sevmash shipyard in November 2013, had set sail for India in early December, accompanied by three other warships, sources said.
The entire western fleet is now sailing towards the Indian shores to bring Vikramaditya to its home base, where it would have its India-made weapons suite and a few sensors integrated on board.
The Kiev-class aircraft carrier of nearly 45,000 tonne displacement will get its air complement of MiG-29K fighter jets after it reaches India.