Did you know that the World’s oldest aircraft carrier belonged to Indian Navy? Called the INS Viraat, the oldest aircraft carrier, was accorded a grand sent off after over five decades of service.
INS Vikrant was in service for 55 years, including 27 years with the Royal Navy (British Navy).
The ship, which underwent a decommissioning refit, is being towed back by three tug boat to Mumbai for the decommissioning ceremony. The final journey of the carrier began with Navy officials led by the Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Nadkarni bidding farewell to the carrier at Ernakulam Wharf of Cochin Port Trust.
INS Vikrant will be decommissioned by end of this year and will be handed over to Andhra Pradesh government.
The AP government had shown a keen interest in getting INS Viraat. She will berth in Vizag for promotion of tourism after its decommissioning.