By IDU Analysis on November 18, 2012
Satellite photos coming out of SEVMASH show INS Vikramaditya’s boiler problem is being attended in to by many cranes etc on deck. Is it serious? No official news. Lets hope it is not as ships run on luck too and she is brand new.
The ship suffered a set back as the 44,500 ton Ukraine built aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov transferred to the Indian Navy as a gift and meticulously refitted at Sevmash Shipyard in Severnodnsik Russia for $ 2.3 bill with many ups and downs for the last five years proceeded to the White Sea for sea trials and did 100 days at sea with 41 landings by MiG-29Ks supplied by Russia. India’s first 16 MiG-29Ks out of 45 are reported at INS Hansa at Goa and the squadron is seen flying.
Satellite-Image of INS Vikramaditya
To appreciate boiler working and to understand what could have happened it needs mentioning that the Indian Navy prides its self having run boiler driven ships for all of its 67 years in service of the nation. INS Vikrant and Viraat and all the Leanders are boiler driven and the Indian Navy has done well by them. In 1971 the INS Vikrant did develop boiler problems and her speed was restricted and instead of opening the boilers which can be time consuming, the aircraft carrier was assigned to the Eastern Fleet and with restricted speed carried out full flying duties in the 971 war.