INS Vikramaditya refit successful
Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) has successfully repaired the Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, the Indian government announced on 11 November.
The repair work was completed in early November, a month ahead of schedule. This aircraft carrier was acquired from Russia and commissioned into the naval fleet in 2014.
The Indian Navy dry-docked the aircraft carrier - attached to the Karwar Naval Base - at CSL for repairs on a contracted schedule of 70 days.
CSL tasked IIT Chennai to undertake a dock floor strength analysis prior to the refit to evaluate whether the CSL dock had the load capacity to support the vessel. Specially designed hard/soft wooden dock blocks were also constructed in-house to support the vessel while work was being carried out.
The carrier also needed a higher water depth to enter the Kochi harbour. To accommodate this, the entire outer channel and harbour area, including the dock mouth and berths at CSL, were dredged to a depth of nearly 14m.
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