Indian Navy Aircraft Carriers

Aircraft Carriers

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INS Vikrant (at bottom) and INS Viraat together in Mumbai.

INS Vikrant IAC-1 fitting out LOA 860′ TDISP 40,000 tonsINS Vikrant IAC-1 Kochi 2019

INS Vikrant IAC-1 Error
Google image splicing issue with two overlapping images gives Vikrant another 270′, making it fictitiously a 1,130′ foot behemoth!

Kiev Class (heavily modified) LOA 930′ TDISP 45,400 tons (1 active)

INS Vikramaditya (2013 ex-Russian Admiral Gorshkov) see Russian listing for pre-conversion views. Converted from an aircraft cruiser to a full carrier.INS Vikramadaditya Kadamba 2017.jpg

Centaur class light fleet carrier LOA 744′ TDISP 28,000 tons

INS Viraat R-22 (ex-HMS Hermes – Veteran of Falklands War) (1959-1984 in British service), transferred to India 1987, decommissioned 2017. As of 2020 this carrier’s fate remains uncertain, with some efforts to save the carrier as a museum ship in Britain.

HMS HERMES PREPARED IN CASE OF FALL OUT. JUNE 1966, AERIAL PHOTO AT SEA DURING WORKING UP OF THE CARRIER AFTER HMS HERMES' LONG REFIT.
HMS Hermes 1966 activating anti-fallout spray. This was long before the installation of the “Ski jump” to operate Harrier jump jets in 1981 © IWM (A 35041)

Exercise Malabar 2007
INS Viraat R-22 during Exercise Malabar 2007 US Navy Official 60247
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INS Viraat R-22 NARA 330-CFD-DN-SD-06-05771 PH3 Shannon E. Renfroe, USN

Majestic class light fleet carrier LOA 700′ TDISP 19,500 tons

INS Vikrant R-11 (1961 – 1997). Originally British carrier, planned to be HMS Hercules, left incomplete 1945 – 1957, when the vessel was sold to India and completed with numerous updates, including an angled flight deck. Museum ship 1997-2010, then scrapped 2015

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Aerial view of INS Vikrant R-11, 1987 NARA 330-CFD-DN-SN-88-09660

INS Vikrant Mumbai 2010

INS Vikrant and Viraat Kerala 2015

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