Friday, February 25, 2011

INS Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier special cover

Special cover for INS Vikramaditya,indian navy new aircraft carrier ex Admiral Gorshkov class Russian Aircraft carrier on the occasion of 25th anniversary of the ship launching.

I was surprise to see the cover has a stamp released on 1st November 1953 depicting telegraph poles and canceled Garden Island 17 Sydney New South Wales Australia.

History of  INS Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier :

INS Vikramaditya is the new name for the former Soviet aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov, which has been procured by India, and is estimated to enter service in the Indian Navy after 2012.

"Vikramāditya" is Sanskrit for "Brave as the Sun" and was the title of some of the most famous kings in Indian history, such as the Vikramaditya of Ujjain, famed as a noble ruler and a mighty warrior. It is also a title that was used by the Indian king Chandragupta II who ruled between 375-413/15 AD.

The Vikramaditya is a modified Kiev class aircraft carrier built in 1978-1982 at Black Sea Shipyard, Mykolaiv, Ukraine. The ship is presently being extensively refitted at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia. It is projected to replace India's only currently serving aircraft carrier, INS Viraat.

Source: wikipedia

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