Monday, October 20, 2008
Vikramadit'ya Ready for Re-Launch
Caption: "Soon she will leave the dock, 10 Oct 2008"
Sevmash is finishing preparations for re-floating the aircraft carrier Vikramadit'ya, currently being re-equipped for the Indian Navy according to a correspondent from the website arhperspectiva.ru.
"This is an extremely important step in the technological shipbuilding chain," according to the assistant general director for military-technical cooperations Sergey Novoselov. "Therefore we are taking the preparations very seriously."
The documents certifying the completion of work on the hull and the painting of the outer hull were prepared. Workers in the graving dock are disassembling the scaffolding. The operation is complex and will take some time: it will take until the end of October to free it from the entangling web of scaffolding, totalling 200km in length. Besides that, the last 10 (out of 116) tanks need to be painted and eight need to be pressure tested.
After the stempost of the carrier touches the waves once again, the ship will moor at the factory seafront. Then begins the loading of the massive pieces of equipment in the boiler room and the arresting gear, which accoridng to Novoselov, couldn't be done while she was in dry dock.