INS Viraat of Indian Navy fades into memory

INS Viraat inducted into the Indian Navy in 1987 (after being acquired from Britain), is being decommissioned. 

Viraat—the Sanskrit word for giant—has spent 2,250 days at sea, and sailed a distance of 10,94,215 km. An analogy would be that the carrier has circled the globe 27 times.

The repairs of the 742-foot long ship are expected to be completed by October. Thereafter, it will be towed away to Mumbai for the decommissioning ceremony early next year. It is a ship that is steeped in history. 

When it was fully operational, it had a crew of 1,500. The ship also has a 12-degree ski jump and can accommodate 750 troops. The Viraat played a major role in Operation Jupiter in 1989 (Sri Lankan Peace-Keeping Force), while in Operation Vijay (1999) it created a blockade against Pakistan during the Kargil War.

Read full report in The New Indian Express
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