INS Viraat to be dismantled in Gujarat
The aircraft carrier, INS Viraat that served the Indian Navy for more than 30 years is to be dismantled at Alang, Gujarat. The ship was decommissioned three years back.
INS Viraat is the longest serving ship of the Indian Navy. It was inducted into the Indian Navy in 1987. It was recently bought by a metal scrap company for Rs 38.54 crores. The ship is to be towed from Naval Dockyard in Mumbai to the ship breaking yard at Alang. It will take nine to twelve months to completely scrap the ship.
About INS Viraat
The ship served the British Navy as HMS Hermes between 1959 and 1984. After refurbishment it was commissioned into the Indian Navy. INS VIraat was a centaur-class aircraft carrier. Also, it was the flagship of Indian Navy before INS Vikramaditya was commissioned in 2013. Now INS Vikramaditya is the flagship of Indian Navy.
Aircraft Carriers in India
Currently, the Indian Navy operates a single aircraft carrier, that is INS Vikramaditya. It was bought from Russia. INS Vikrant is an indigenous aircraft carrier that is being built in Cochin Shipyard. The INS Vishal is the proposed second indigenous aircraft carrier.
The Indian Government recently approached the UK to build an aircraft carrier along the lines of HMS Queen Elizabeth.
It is to be built after INS Vikrant. Vishal means Giant in Sanskrit.
An Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System called the CATOBAR system is under consideration. It is an upgraded system to the STOBAR system. These are launch systems used in the aircraft carriers.
In 2015, the Defence Acquisition Council allotted Rs 30 crores for the initial construction of INS Vishal.
It entered into service in 1987. The aircraft carrier served with the Soviet Navy and later with the Russian Navy before being decommissioned in 1996. It was originally built as Baku.