INS Viraat: Viraat on the last journey, played a key role several times; Chic lasted for 30 years. The longest-serving INS Viraat will leave for Mumbai on its last journey to the ship-breaking yard at Alang, Gujarat on Saturday.
In the navy, Viraat is also known as ‘Grand Old Lady’. Alang-based Shriram Group named this historic fighter aircraft with a bid of Rs 38.54 crore. It is the only fighter aircraft carrier that has served in the UK and India’s navies. Let’s know about its golden journey.
Viraat released from service: Virat is a Centaur class fighter aircraft carrier. The warship weighing 226 meters and 49 meters wide weighs 27,800 tons. India bought it in 1984 and in May 1987 it was inducted into the Indian Navy under the name INS Viraat.
It is paired with INS Vikrant here. It alone remained the watchdog of India’s maritime borders for nearly 20 years after Vikrant’s retirement in 1997. It was relieved in March 2017.
Part of Britain’s Royal Navy: Before India, he served 25 years as HMS Rhymes in Britain’s Royal Navy. While being part of the Royal Navy of Britain, Prince Charles completed his naval officer training on this vessel. This vessel played an important role on behalf of the British Navy in the Falkland War.
Many times played an important role: Virat has played an important role in the country many times. It played an important role in the Falkland War with Britain’s Royal Navy. In July 1989, participated in Operation Jupiter to establish peace in Sri Lanka. Played an important role in Operation Parakram after the 2001 Parliament attack.
Many years have been spent at sea: Various planes have flown under the Indian flag. Witness 22,622 flight hours. In three decades, INS Viraat has spent 2,252 days at sea. During this, the distance covered 5.88 lakh nautical miles (10.94 lakh nautical km).
It lived in the sea for about seven years and during this time revolved around the earth 27 times. Long-Term Services: INS Virat is named in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest-serving warship.