7 things you need to know about World’s Oldest Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat
World’s oldest aircraft carrier INS Viraat is all set to retire today after spending nearly 30 years under Indian flag. The ship is famously known as the Grand Old Lady, it was with the British Royal Navy since 1959 before the Indian government purchased it for 6.5 crore in 1987. Notably, the aircraft carrier also holds the Guinness Record for the oldest carrier in service. It was inducted into the Indian Navy on May 12, 1987.
Here are 7 things you need to know about the INS Viraat
- INS Viraat was inducted into the Indian Navy on March 12, 1987.
- Before INS Viraat, it was known as HMS Hermes. The motto of INS Viraat was ‘Jalamev Yasya, Balmev Tasya’(meaning – the one who controls sea is all powerful).
- INS Viraat played a vital role in operation Jupiter in 1989 in Sri Lankan Peace keeping operations, operation Parakam in 2001-002, and many more.
- Although final fate of the warship is yet to be sealed, but Andhra Pradesh government had announced to turn the warship into museum.
- The Viraat carried a crew of over 1500 men when it got fully operational but after its last voyage the crew was reduced to less than 300 members.
- Notably, on July 23, India’s wonderful aircraft embarked its final voyage from Mumbai to Kochi. The giant was later hauled back to Mumbai for farewell ceremony.
- After the retirement of Viraat, INS Vikrant will be commissioned to Indian Navy only after undergoing sea trials by 2018.
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) March 6, 2017
Currently, INS Vikaramaditya is the only serving aircraft of the Indian Navy. The second one, which is Vikrant is, under construction at Cochin Shipyard Limited.