Karwar: A fire aboard INS Vikramaditya has killed a Lieutenant Commander. The Indian Navy released a statement which read, “Lieutenant Commander DS Chauhan bravely led the firefighting efforts in the affected compartment.”

The statement further said that the fire was brought under control by the ship’s crew in a ‘swift action preventing any serious damage affecting the ship’s combat capability’. It further said that Lt Cdr Chauhan lost consciousness due to smoke and fumes during the firefighting efforts. He was immediately evacuated to the Naval Hospital at Karwar but could not be revived.

An investigation has been ordered as to how the fire started in the first place.

INS Vikramaditya, which was commissioned into the Indian Navy in November 2013 at the Sevmash shipyard in north Russia’s Severodvinsk, is based at its home port at Karwar in Karnataka. The carrier is 284 metres long and 60 metres high. The ship weighs 40,000 tonnes and is the biggest and heaviest ship in the Indian Navy.