‘Viraat’ units sail for Gujarat, to be dismantled and offered as scrap

Mumbai, September 19

Decommissioned plane service Viraat on Saturday set sail for the final time, on option to Alang in Gujarat, the place it is going to be damaged down and offered as scrap.

For Navy veterans who watched the large vessel being towed by tug boats, there was a lump within the throat as they bade it an emotional farewell from the Gateway of India.

Viraat started its ultimate journey from the Naval dockyard the place it was berthed after being decommissioned in March 2017.

A Navy helicopter circling overhead offered an impressive backdrop to Viraat’s final voyage from its dwelling base for over three a long time.

A defence spokesperson mentioned Virrat was to go away for Alang on Friday however its departure was delayed by a day.

The vessel had served the Indian Navy for 30 years earlier than being decommissioned. It had served within the UK’s Royal Navy as HMS Hermes and named INS Viraat after being inducted within the Indian Navy.

There have been makes an attempt to transform ‘Viraat’ right into a museum or a restaurant however not one of the plans fructified.

Alang-based Shree Ram group has received the bid for dismantling the ship. The firm’s excessive capability tugs are towing the vessel to Alang and it could take two days to finish the journey, an official mentioned.

Alang, a seaside city, homes the world’s greatest ship breaking yard.

“#Viraat Callsign ‘Romeo Two Two’ — End of an era, a glorious chapter in the history of @indiannavy. She departs #Mumbai today for her final journey. Old ships never die, their spirit lives on,” tweeted PRO Defence Mumbai.

Many social media customers lamented the failure of successive governments to protect Viraat and one other plane service Vikrant as maritime museums to depict India’s wealthy naval heritage, as an alternative of permitting them to be damaged down and offered as scrap. PTI

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