India’s biggest warship and Indian Navy’s only operational aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, will soon become world’s first warship which would have an ATM onboard.
The decision to fit the warship with an ATM facility was taken by the Indian Navy recently, who said this would also make INS Vikramaditya, the first ever warship in the world to have such facility.
This ATM would be operated via a satellite link and the machine, provided by SBI, would be inaugurated on January 28 in Karwar, Karnataka where INS Vikramaditya is based.
Giving more details about the facility Captain DK Sharma, Spokesperson of the Indian Navy said that INS Vikramaditya is quite far from the jetty and that every time a Navy personnel, who is deployed onboard, needs money, he has to travel at least 4-5 Km just to access an ATM.
Thus, the Indian Navy felt that an ATM should be opened onboard warship itself, which would not only save their time but resources as well.
Looking at that, the Indian Navy approached State Band of India (SBI), so as to ask them to provide an ATM facility onboard Vikramaditya, to which they agreed.
INS Vikramaditya was built in Russia and then commissioned in the Indian Navy in November 2013.
It has well over 1,600 personnel commissioned onboard and is thus called a ‘Floating City’.
In overall length, the warship is about 284 meters long and has the maximum beam of about 60 meters long, which is as much as three football fields when put together.
It’s standing tall to about 20 storeys high, and has a total of 22 decks on the ship.