Indian Navy bids adieu to world’s largest serving warship INS Viraat

New Delhi: The world’s longest serving warship, INS Viraat, which has been the Indian Navy’s prized asset for decades, will be dismantled at Alang, three years after it was decommissioned by the Indian Navy.

At a programme held to bid a farewell to the warship on Monday, Union Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that INS Virat has sailed almost 11 lakh kilometers.

He said that the warship served the Indian Navy for 30 years. It will now be recycled at Alang, considered one of the largest ship breaking yards in the world.

“Today I pay homage to ex INS Viraat at Alang, Gujarat. INS Viraat served our nation for 30 glorious years and after decommissioning, she is moving towards her last journey for recycling at Alang,” the Minister said.

“When the report of the expert committee came, it stated that materials used inside the ship will not last long. It cannot survive beyond 10-15 years… After the expert opinion, we were compelled and we had to come here to say thank you to Viraat,” said Mandaviya at the ceremony.

 

NT Bureau