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World's oldest aircraft carrier INS Viraat to be decommissioned

  • INS Viraat, aircraft carrier, decommission, HMS Hermes, Naval Dockyard
    INS Viraat, the second aircraft carrier in the Indian naval fleet, will be decommissioned on 6 March

    Earlier known as HMS Hermes, the INS Viraat was in the Royal Navy from 1959. In the late 80s,

  • INS Viraat, aircraft carrier, decommission, HMS Hermes, Naval Dockyard
    A view of the aircraft carrier INS Viraat

    Indian Navy purchased it at the cost of $65 million and was re-commissioned on 12 May, 1987

  • INS Viraat, aircraft carrier, decommission, HMS Hermes, Naval Dockyard
    Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra alongwith other Naval officers

    INS Viraat is the second centaur class aircraft carrier in service which has spent 30 years in the Indian Navy and before that 27 years in the Royal Navy of UK

  • INS Viraat, aircraft carrier, decommission, HMS Hermes, Naval Dockyard
    After decommissioning Future of the ship will be decided by the Union government.

    It is the longest serving ship in the history

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