The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee releasing a commemorative postage stamp, at the Navy Day Reception, hosted by the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral D.K. Joshi, at Navy House, in New Delhi on December 04, 2013.
INS Vikramaditya (R33) is a Project 11430 modified kiev-class aircraft carrier which entered into service with the Indian Navy in 2013. The ship has been renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, a legendary 1st century BC emperor of IndiaOriginally built as Baku and commissioned in 1987, the carrier served with the Soviet and Russian Navies before being decommissioned in 1996 as she was too expensive to operate on a post-Cold War budget.
The carrier was purchased by India on 20 January 2004 after years of negotiations at a final price of $2.35 billion. The ship successfully completed her sea trials in July 2013 and aviation trials in September 2013. She was formally commissioned on 16 November 2013 at a ceremony held at Severodvinsk,Russia.