The Times of India has reported that a naval officer died on Friday after a fire broke out on board carrier INS Vikramaditya.
“Lieutenant Commander DS Chauhan bravely led the firefighting efforts in the affected compartment,” the Indian Navy said in a statement.
While the fire was brought under control, the officer lost consciousness due to the smoke and fumes during the firefighting efforts. He was immediately evacuated to the Naval Hospital at Karwar but could not be revived, according to officials.
The carrier came to India from Russia in January 2014 and is 284 metres long. The ship weighs 40,000 tonnes and is the biggest ship in the Indian Navy.
The vessel was originally built as Baku and commissioned in 1987, the carrier served with the Soviet Navy and later with the Russian Navy (as Admiral Gorshkov) before being decommissioned in 1996.
The carrier was purchased by India in 2004 after years of negotiations at a final price of $2.35 billion.
The ship completed sea trials in 2013 and entered service in 2014.