INS Vikramaditya reaches Indian territory, enters Arabian sea

VikramadityaINS Vikramaditya (extreme left) and INS Viraat (in foreground) together with Western Fleet ships INS Teg (background) and INS Mumbai (extreme right).

Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya has arrived in the Indian Navy's Area of Responsibility and commenced integration with the Western Fleet.

The ship has transited non-stop for over 8000 nm without entering any port enroute.

Vikramaditya was inducted into the Indian Navy in November last year, ending nine years' of wait.

At present, the Navy's two aircraft carriers - INS Vikramaditya and INS Viraat are operating together at sea along with the Western Fleet.

The aircraft carrier is not having any air defence systems on board to protect itself from aerial attacks while coming home from Russia and the Navy has sent warships to escort it safely.

To provide it protection from aerial attacks, the Navy had chosen the controversial Barak missiles, which will be integrated with the aircraft only after it reaches India.

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