the world's longest serving warship that was decommissioned by the Indian Navy
three years ago, has arrived off the Alang coast in Gujarat for dismantling,
according to local media reports
aircraft carrier began its final journey from the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai on
september 19th and reached the waters at Alang in Bhavnagar district on 21st
evening. It will be dismantled at the ship breaking yard in Alang and then sold
warship, which was inducted into the Indian Navy in 1987, was purchased by
Shree Ram Group for a sum of Rs 38.54 crore at an auction in July this year.
the formalities are completed, subject to weather conditions and tide, we are
scheduling its beaching at our yard for dismantling during high tide on
INS Viraat holds the record for being the
world's longest serving warship
holds the record for being the world's longest serving warship. It was the
second centaur-class aircraft carrier which was in service with the Indian Navy
for 29 years before being decommissioned in March 2017.
proposals from both Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra government in the past to
preserve it as a maritime museum but both the states could not match the sum
offered by the scrap dealers.
The decision to scrap INS Viraat taken in
consultation with the Indian Navy
2019, the Central government said in Parliament that the decision to scrap INS
Viraat was taken in due consultation with the Indian Navy. It is the second
aircraft carrier to be broken down in India. In 2014, INS Vikrant was
dismantled in Mumbai.
aircraft carrier, in its earlier avatar, had won the Falklands War against
Argentina in 1982 for the Royal British Navy. It weighs about 27,800 tonnes and
served in the British Navy as HMS Hermes from November 1959 to April 1984 and
after refurbishment, was commissioned into the Indian Navy.
80s, the Indian Navy purchased it at a cost of 65 million US Dollars from the
British Navy and it was re-commissioned on May 12, 1987.