Captain Krishna Swaminathan takes over command of INS Vikramaditya
Captain Krishna Swaminathan has assumed charge as the second Commanding Officer (CO) of Indian Navy’s new and formidable aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
He will succeed Captain Suraj Berry who was holding this position since the ship was commissioned at Severodvinsk in Russia on 16 November 2013.
Previously, Mr.Swaminathan had commanded many missile vessels inclduing INS Vidyut and Vinash, missile corvette INS Kulish and guided missile destroyer INS Mysore.
He also had served on the staff of the Western Fleet, an instructor at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Director and Principal Director Naval Signals at Naval Headquarters. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Pune.
About INS Vikramaditya
- INS Vikramaditya is a Kiev class aircraft carrier which was commissioned by Russian Navy in 1987 under the name Baku and later was rechristened as Admiral Gorshkov.
- Under the Russian control it last last sailed in 1995 before being offered to India. Russia sold the carrier to India after it became too expensive for the country to operate it on a post-Cold War budget.
- Presently, the carrier is the flagship and centre-piece of the Indian Navy’s operations and is under the administrative control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (CIC), Western Naval Command (WNC), Mumbai and is part of the sword arm of Indian Navy.