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Former Russian aircraft carrier handed over to India arrives at Indian base

January 08, 2014, 12:52 UTC+3 NEW DELHI
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NEW DELHI, January 08, 12:26 /ITAR-TASS/. The aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, the former Russian "Admiral Gorshkov", has arrived at the Indian naval base Karwar, the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka, where the ship will be based, a source close to the Indian Defence Ministry told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

The ship will head for Mumbai in February for a welcome ceremony, the source said. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to attend the ceremony, but the information is not finally confirmed.

It will take three-four months to put the aircraft-carrying cruiser into service.

The contract to hand over the ship was signed in 2004. Under the agreement, India has received the aircraft carrier free, but was to pay for its repair and modernization in Russia and for carrier-based MiG-29K/KUB fighters and Ka-27 and Ka-31 helicopters.

The ship was handed over to the Indian Navy in November last year in Russia's Severodvinsk.

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