India Post Issued Stamp on INS Vikramaditya

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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. 

\"insINS 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.

\"fdcThe 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.

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