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World's oldest Aircraft carrier INS Viraat decommissioned

  • INS Viraat, decommissioning ceremony, decommission, Indian Navy, Royal Navy, Oldest Aircraft carrier, Mumbai
    Marking the end of an era of Viraat being the flagship of the Indian Navy

    The world’s oldest aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, which was in service with the Indian Navy was decommissioned at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai

  • INS Viraat, decommissioning ceremony, decommission, Indian Navy, Royal Navy, Oldest Aircraft carrier, Mumbai
    Naval officers during the decommissioning ceremony of INS Viraat

    India finally lets go of this Centaur-class carrier, which spent 30 years in the Indian Navy and 27 years in the Royal Navy.

  • INS Viraat, decommissioning ceremony, decommission, Indian Navy, Royal Navy, Oldest Aircraft carrier, Mumbai
    Naval officers during the decommissioning ceremony of INS Viraat at naval dockyard

    The decommissioning ceremony was attended by more than 1300 personnel who have served on board INS Viraat.

  • INS Viraat, decommissioning ceremony, decommission, Indian Navy, Royal Navy, Oldest Aircraft carrier, Mumbai
    decommissioning ceremony of INS Viraat at naval dockyard

    Admiral Sir Philip Jones, KCB, ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff of Royal Navy and Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba were present for the occasion.

  • INS Viraat, decommissioning ceremony, decommission, Indian Navy, Royal Navy, Oldest Aircraft carrier, Mumbai
    Chief of naval staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba during the decommissioning ceremony of INS Viraat at naval dockyard in Mumbai

    INS Viraat is the longest serving warship in the world. It hold the Guinness Books of record for this, according to the Indian Navy.

  • INS Viraat, decommissioning ceremony, decommission, Indian Navy, Royal Navy, Oldest Aircraft carrier, Mumbai
    decommissioning ceremony of INS Viraat at naval dockyard in Mumbai

    The Paying Off Pendent being lowered marking the end of and era in Indian Naval history. The Chetaks flay past as the pendent is lowered.

  • INS Viraat, decommissioning ceremony, decommission, Indian Navy, Royal Navy, Oldest Aircraft carrier, Mumbai
    Naval officers during the decommissioning ceremony of INS Viraat at naval dockyard in Mumbai

    INS Viraat was first commissioned into the British Royal Navy as the HMS Hermes on November 18, 1959, 15 years after she was laid down in June, 1944.

  • INS Viraat, decommissioning ceremony, decommission, Indian Navy, Royal Navy, Oldest Aircraft carrier, Mumbai
    A view of INS Viraat after it's decommissioning ceremony at naval dockyard

    She served as the flagship of the Royal Navy’s task force during the Falklands War in 1982. She was decommissioned in 1985.

  • INS Viraat, decommissioning ceremony, decommission, Indian Navy, Royal Navy, Oldest Aircraft carrier, Mumbai
    Naval officers take a selfie after the decommissioning ceremony of INS Viraat at naval dockyard in Mumbai

    Hermes was thereafter towed from Portsmouth Dockyard to Devonport Dockyard to be refitted and sold to India.

  • INS Viraat, decommissioning ceremony, decommission, Indian Navy, Royal Navy, Oldest Aircraft carrier, Mumbai
    A view of INS Viraat after it's decommissioning ceremony at naval dockyard in Mumbai

    Viraat has played a major role in Operation Jupiter in 1989 in the Sri Lankan peace keeping operation.

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