Date of Issue : 4 December 2013
India Post issued a commemorative stamp on 4th December 2013 featuring INS Vikramaditya.
: Timir Shah - Vadodara
INS Vikramaditya (R33) is a Project 11430 modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier which entered into service with the Indian Navy in 2013. The ship has been renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, a legendary 1st century BC emperor of Ujjain, India.
Originally built as Baku and commissioned in 1987, the carrier served with the Soviet (until the dissolution of the Soviet Union) and Russian Navies before being decommissioned in 1996 as it was too expensive to operate on a post-Cold War budget.The carrier was purchased by India on 20 January 2004 after years of negotiations at a final price of $2.35 billion. The ship successfully completed its sea trials in July 2013 and aviation trials in September 2013. it was formally commissioned on 16 November 2013 at a ceremony held at Severodvinsk,Russia.