5 Interesting Facts About INS Vikramaditya That Every Indian Must Know

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  1. INS Vikramaditya has one of the mightiest carrier battle group in the world.

The navy‘s new carrier battle group is centered on Vikramaditya which consists of the modern Kolkata class destroyers, Shivalik and Talwar-class frigates, Kamorta-class anti-submarine warfare corvettes and new tankers. INS Chakra II is expected to fill the sub-surface component. The fine combinations of cutting edge destroyers, frigates, Anti-submarine vessels, corvettes and other vessels make it one of the most powerful carrier battle groups in the South Asia, due to the presence of United States Navy’s 5th fleet.

Pic by Navtej Singh

2. NATO Spied on INS Vikramaditya.

INS Vikramaditya was undergoing it’s sea trials along the Russian coast, still flying a Russian flag, when a Norwegian NATO P-3C surveillance aircraft started ‘buzzing’ the ship, flying overhead and dropping sensor buoys to get a feel for its electronics systems and capabilities. It did not leave until a Russian Navy MiG-29K was summoned from shore to chase it away.

Source – common.wikimedia.org

Senior defence analyst Shiv Aroor was on board when the incident happened. The matter was taken to the diplomatic level, but neither Indian nor NATO officials had any comments. Snooping attempts by both sides of the former Cold War rivals are common, but that an Indian vessel was targeted here is the interesting bit.

 3. INS Vikramaditya has an ATM machine onboard.

INS Vikramaditya become the first naval vessel of Indian Navy to have an ATM onboard, State Bank of India installed one of a its kind ATM on INS Vikramaditya.

Source – ANI

Captain Krishna Swaminathan, Commanding Officer of INS Vikramaditya quoted, “The ATM machine will add to the variety of other facilities and amenities available to the crew. It will enable personnel of the ship to manage their domestic financial requirements better and “assist them in conducting their money transactions at their own convenience.

4. INS Vikramaditya, moving township in ocean

INS Vikramaditya has over 1600 personnel including 110 officers, INS Vikramaditya, a 45,400 ton ship with the capability to operate 34 aircraft including helicopters can be considered as a full-fledged township by herself.

5. INS Vikramaditya has automated idli and dosa machine.

Using technology developed by Mysore’s Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Eskay Enterprises installed six dosa-making machines and three-idli-making machines onboard the Vikramaditya. The machines can churn out 400 dosas and 1,000 idlis per hour.The Navy will be well fed, with the carrier requiring over a lakh of eggs, 20,000 liters of milk and 16 tons of rice every month; allowing her to sustain herself out at sea for about 45 days.

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