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Only 'dignified activities' will be permitted on aircraft carrier Viraat: Vice Admiral Luthra

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Only "dignified activities" will be permitted on board the Indian Navy's decommissioned Viraat, chief said Monday.

Since its decommissioning, several states have expressed interest to convert the ship into a tourism hub or a museum.

The carrier, built and deployed by the Royal of the in 1959, served the from 1987 till it was formally decommissioned in March, 2017.

The Centaur-Class operated for 56 years under British and Indian flags, earning itself a mention for being the oldest serving warship.

"Proposals have been received from several states, including Maharashtra, to convert Viraat into a tourist destination. We will be permitting only dignified activities there," Luthra told reporters here.

He also said the proposal from had been forwarded to the

The said the ship, in its future avatar, could be a public partnership initiative.

"It is going to be a Public Partnership (model) which means the state as well as a company is going to be involved. Whether it will be a convention centre or a museum or a tourism destination will depend on the PPP," he said.

About the government's proposal for the decommissioned aircraft carrier, Vice Admiral Luthra said, "It is being examined actively at the highest level."

On the maintenance cost of the decommissioned aircraft carrier, he said about 225 people have been deployed to take care of the ship, but the did not "do any costing" of it.

The ship was commissioned into the on May 12, 1987, and operated fighter aircraft, Sea 42B anti-submarine helicopters, Sea and Chetaks as its main air elements.

The is reputed for having been out at sea for over six years, covering the globe 27 times.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 19:45 IST
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