Mumbai: Decommissioned plane carrying warship INS Viraat today set sail once and for all, on approach to Alang in Gujarat, where it will be separated and sold as scrap.
For Navy veterans who viewed the enormous vessel being towed by towing boats, there was a bump in the throat as they bade it an enthusiastic goodbye from the Gateway of India.
Previous naval force transport Viraat started its last excursion from the Naval dockyard where it was berthed subsequent to being decommissioned in March 2017.
A Navy helicopter orbiting overhead gave a grand scenery to Viraat’s last journey from its headquarters for more than thirty years.
A Defense representative said ‘Viraat’ was to leave for Alang on Friday, however its flight was deferred by a day.
The vessel had served the Indian Navy for 30 years before being decommissioned. It had served in the UK’s Royal Navy as HMS Hermes and named INS Viraat after being drafted in the Indian Navy.
देहिनोऽस्मिन्यथा देहे कौमारं यौवनं जरा।
तथा देहान्तरप्राप्तिर्धीरस्तत्र न मुह्यति।।
… the Spirit lives on pic.twitter.com/RaAuCVPjGM
- SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) September 19, 2020
There were endeavors to change over ‘Viraat’ into a historical center or an eatery, yet none of the plans fructified.
Alang-based Shree Ram bunch has won the offer for destroying the boat. The organization’s high limit pulls are towing the vessel to Alang and it would take two days to finish the excursion, an authority said.
Alang, a sea shore town, houses the world’s greatest boat 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 Defense Mumbai.
Numerous web-based media clients deplored the disappointment of progressive governments to protect Viraat and another plane carrying warship Vikrant as oceanic exhibition halls to portray India’s rich maritime legacy, rather than permitting them to be separated and sold as scrap.
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