Navy crew training in Russia for Gorshkov takeover


India is gearing up to take delivery of the 45,000-tonne Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier with the navy training a batch of sailors in Russia as the warship’s first crew ahead of its induction in January 2013. The 152 sailors and officers commenced their training in St. Petersburg in Russia three weeks ago to prepare for the takeover of the Kiev-class aircraft carrier in December 2012.

The warship, bought by India in 2004, is undergoing a repair and refit programme at the Sevmash shipyard in northwest Russia.

“The first group of 152 sailors and officers commenced training in Russia to prepare to take over INS Vikramaditya (formerly Admiral Gorshkov) aircraft carrier. The team largely comprises technical crew for the warship,” naval spokesperson Commander P.V.S. Satish said here Thursday.

Ahead of going to Russia for the training, the crew went through a three-month course in Russian language skills, he added.

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