INS Vikramaditya, a decommissioned Russian aircraft carrier which entered Indian service in 2013, caught fire off the coast of Karnataka on Wednesday.
INS Vikramaditya is widely regarded as the largest and heaviest ship in the Indian navy. The ship was bought by India for $2.3 billion and has since been used by fighter pilots for landing and take-off.
Currently operating off Karnataka’s Karwar base, the ship is India’s only functional aircraft carrier.
The fire in question broke out during a sea trial and was quickly brought under control by the crew before any massive damage could be done.
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