Indian Navy’s INS Viraat, world’s oldest aircraft carrier in active service. inducted into the Navy on May 12, 1987 will retire from its service today. The ship, famously known as the ‘Grand Old Lady’, was with the British Royal Navy since 1959 before the Indian government bought it for 6.5 crore INR in 1987.
Who wants INS Viraat, the oldest actively serving aircraft carrier? Here’s your chance to buy it because the old legend is ready to decommission from Indian Navy today. The warship has served for a total of 57 years sailing as “Grand Old Lady” for the British Royal Navy from 1959 before Indian Government bought it for 6.5 Crore in 1987.
INS Viraat is now ready to sail into history; this is not only an end to a glorious chapter in Indian Navy but the sea hawks will also face a short of two aircraft carriers including INS Vikrant decommissioned in 1997.
The palatial ceremony of farewell to the legendary INS Viraat will take place at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai. The decommissioning ceremony will be attended by personnel who worked on the warship including British Navy officers. The naval flags installed on the warship will be lowered and wrapped-up at sunset on March 6, 2017, marking an end to the good old 57 years-long odysseys.
The future of the warship hasn’t been decided yet but it could turn into a grand hotel or a museum or will be preserved as a relic of marine history.