A naval officer died after a fire broke out onboard the INS Vikramaditya, India’s only aircraft carrier, while entering the harbor in Karnataka’s Karwar.
The Indian Navy in a statement said, “Lieutenant Commander DS Chauhan bravely led the firefighting efforts in the affected compartment.” While the fire was brought under control the officer lost consciousness due to the smoke and fumes. He was immediately rushed to the Naval Hospital at Karwar but could not be revived, said the Navy.
The Navy added that the fire was brought under control by the ship’s crew “in a swift action preventing any serious damage affecting the ship’s combat capability.”
A Board of Inquiry was ordered to investigate the fire incident.
The INS Vikramaditya was originally built in 1987 served the Soviet Union, then Russian Navy and was decommissioned in 1996. India bought the vessel for US$ 2.65 billion in 2004 after intense negotiations. Once it was refurbished and completing all sea trial it was inducted into the Indian Navy in 2013.
The ship is 284 metres long and 60 metres high (20 storey building), weighs 40,000 tonnes and is the biggest and heaviest ship in the Indian Navy.
Source : Various