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Indian aircraft carrier "Viraat" went to the "graveyard" of ships

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Indian aircraft carrier "Viraat" went to the "graveyard" of ships

The aircraft carrier Viraat, one of the most impressive pennants of the Indian fleet, went on his last "campaign". The destination is Alang Port in Gujarat, home to the country's largest graveyard of decommissioned ships.


Built by the British, it spent 2 days at sea in the Indian Navy, covering 258 km. The aircraft on the deck of the ship flew 10 hours.

Formerly known as the Hermes, the aircraft carrier served the British Navy for a quarter of a century from November 1959 to April 1984. At the same time, its foundation took place during the Second World War, in 1944. However, the completion was postponed and it was launched only in 1953. The aircraft carrier belongs to the Centaurus project, within the framework of which 4 ships were built (the rest of this type were scrapped long ago).

Viraat entered the Indian Navy in May 1987 after extensive reconstruction and enhancement of its combat capabilities. The ship was finally decommissioned in March 2017 and has been moored since then. The aircraft carrier was then purchased at auction by Shri Ram Green Ship Recycling Industries Ltd, Gujarat, for approximately $ 5 million.
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https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/
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  1. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 22 September 2020 06: 22
    +2
    It's good that he didn't wait for a Chinese bomb, missile or torpedo. Everything would be so.
    1. Civil
      Civil 22 September 2020 07: 16
      -3
      Why don't Indians make a museum? Years later, the same Angles would have been sold at an exorbitant price ... as in the future, we will have to buy artifacts from China.
      1. Eugene-Eugene
        22 September 2020 07: 39
        +8
        Such a colossus still needs to be turned into a museum and kept afloat. The calculation of profit, apparently, is not in favor of the museum. In China, there will be more tourists, and the standard of living of the local population.
        1. tralflot1832
          tralflot1832 22 September 2020 08: 38
          0
          China has 1.5 billion people, and even 1% of the total number of millionaires is a lot. hi
          1. AllBiBek
            AllBiBek 23 September 2020 11: 43
            +2
            Your data is twenty years old. It was officially a yard and a half in the early XNUMXs. Today - already a little less than two.
            India crossed the line of XNUMX billion inhabitants ten years ago.
            1. tralflot1832
              tralflot1832 23 September 2020 13: 29
              +1
              I accept
              I'm happy for the Indians, that's what the not forgotten Jimi Jimi Acha Acha does. hi
      2. Rzzz
        Rzzz 22 September 2020 08: 37
        +3
        Quote: Civil
        Why don't Indians make a museum?

        The times are not easy now. Not to museums, I wouldn't stretch my legs.
        1. Pavel57
          Pavel57 22 September 2020 16: 50
          0
          There are few aircraft carrier museums in the world. A couple in the States and a couple in China.
      3. Mavrikiy
        Mavrikiy 22 September 2020 10: 51
        +3
        Quote: Civil
        Why don't Indians make a museum? Years later, the same Angles would have been sold at exorbitant prices ...

        These are seeds. But when the Turks "Yavuz Sultan Selim", the ex-"Goeben" were put on pins and needles in 1973, there could be regret, yes. crying
    2. Narak-zempo
      Narak-zempo 22 September 2020 10: 06
      +2
      Quote: Mavrikiy
      It's good that he didn't wait for a Chinese bomb, missile or torpedo. Everything would be so.

      It's a shame for a warrior to die in his own bed of old age laughing
      1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
        Kote Pan Kokhanka 22 September 2020 17: 50
        +1
        Quote: Narak-zempo
        Quote: Mavrikiy
        It's good that he didn't wait for a Chinese bomb, missile or torpedo. Everything would be so.

        It's a shame for a warrior to die in his own bed of old age laughing

        For an Indian, a war like a statement is a big question ?? laughing
      2. cat Rusich
        cat Rusich 22 September 2020 23: 50
        +2
        Quote: Narak-zempo

        It's a shame for a warrior to die in his own bed of old age laughing
        For a warrior - 1) Time of Glorious Victories.
        2) Time to mentor young novice warriors. 3) Die in your bed, not defeated by any of the people.
  2. Adimius38
    Adimius38 22 September 2020 06: 38
    0
    it's good that he did not go under the ferrous metal or to an amusement park in China, like half of the Soviet fleet
    1. Rzzz
      Rzzz 22 September 2020 08: 26
      +6
      Quote: Adimius38
      it's good that he didn't go under ferrous metal

      So in Alang - this is "ferrous metal".
    2. Simargl
      Simargl 22 September 2020 14: 04
      0
      Quote: Adimius38
      it's good that he didn't go under ferrous metal
      Yeah. True, Alang is like this:
  3. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 22 September 2020 07: 05
    +1
    He lived a good life, the ship of a potential enemy. Our luck is that he did not take a single life of our people. But he could have ended his life in battle, near the Malvinas Islands. Lucky. I respect such ships, although he is a foe. And he is a Hindus. was a school desk, if it weren't there, would we have sold Gorshkov? So we would have rotted at the pier 35 of the plant in Rost.No needles, this is the fate of ships. soldier
  4. APASUS
    APASUS 22 September 2020 10: 06
    0
    the aircraft carrier was purchased at auction by Shri Ram Green Ship Recycling Industries Ltd, Gujarat, for approximately $ 5 million

    Not expensive, of course there is a lot of cutting work, but I think the purchase will pay off with interest
  5. Vladimir61
    Vladimir61 22 September 2020 12: 09
    +1
    And to hell with him. He has not threatened us for a long time, since 1984, as they say, - rust yourself peacefully.
  6. Sergey Sfiedu
    Sergey Sfiedu 24 September 2020 18: 55
    0
    Honored battleship. It's a shame they didn't turn it into a museum. In principle, he is not so much more than "Kutuzov". But the Idus will hang themselves for an extra rupee.