Navy veterans experienced emotional moment when Indian Navy’s decommissioned aircraft carrier Viraat set sail for last time on Saturday.
Viraat will today reach Alang in Gujarat where it will be broken down and sold as scrap.
INS Viraat was inducted into the Indian Navy in the year 1987. It was commissioned on May12, 1987 at Plymouth in the United Kingdom.
INS Viraat could carry 1,500 crew and officers. It served the Indian Navy for three decades. It was operational for 2,258 days, covering 5,90,000 nautical miles, and 22,622 hrs of flying operations.
Along with the ability to carry 25 aircrafts it could also carry Sea Harrier Fighters and Sea King 42B/C, Chetak, Kamov 31 and ALH Helicopters.