Russia on Tuesday formally handed over aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov to the Indian Navy for the subsequent refit at a naval dockyard in north Russia.
At a ceremony in the White Sea port city of Severodvinsk, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Colonel-General A M Moskovsky handed over the 44,000-tonne ship to Indian Ambassador Krishnan Raghunath.
Within the next 52 months, Severodvinsk-based SevMash Naval shipbuilders have to deliver Admiral Gorshkov to the Indian Navy after repairs and refit.
Under the October 4, 2000 agreement signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin's first visit to New Delhi, Moscow is to give the ship for 'free' to India.
In pursuance of the acquisition deal, 16 contracts were signed on January 20, 2004 during Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov's visit to India.