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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

Navy asked to submit report over INS Vikramaditya

Rahul Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 11, 2014
First Published: 21:12 IST(11/2/2014) | Last Updated: 21:17 IST(11/2/2014)

The defence ministry has asked the navy to submit a detailed report on the glitches that INS Vikramaditya faced during its 42-day journey from the north Russian port of Sevmash to the Karwar naval base in Karnataka.

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Navy chief admiral DK Joshi had on Monday met defence minister AK Antony and explained the force's views on the glitches that the aircraft carrier, India's largest and most expensive warship, encountered during its home-bound voyage.

Joshi met the minister on a day HT reported that the $2.33 billion (Rs 13,980 crore) carrier, bought second-hand from Russia and delivered five years behind schedule, had faced embarrassing glitches during the voyage.

The navy chief reportedly informed Antony that the 44,500-tonne warship had faced no "major issues."

"The navy has clarified some points but it has been asked to submit a comprehensive account of the warship's journey and the problems it faced, major or minor," a source said.

The carrier had reportedly suffered a boiler breakdown, compromising its ability to negotiate choppy seas. The tanker accompanying the warship had also failed in a refuelling mission off the Portuguese coast, as reported by HT on Monday.

The defence ministry has also flagged concerns over reports that some crew members on board the ships that escorted INS Vikramaditya may have posed a security risk by uploading the warship's pictures on social media. The navy is currently going through a rough patch, with the past six months witnessing 10 accidents.

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