New Delhi: INS Viraat, which is a Centaur-Class aircraft carrier in service with the Indian Navy, will be reportedly making its last journey on July 23.
According to sources, the aircraft carrier will be making the last journey of its service from Western Naval Command Head Quaters in Mumbai to Southern Naval Command in Cochin from July 23 to July 27.
INS Viraat was the flagship of the Indian Navy before INS Vikramaditya was commissioned in 2013.
Previously, INS Vikrant was scrapped by the government and was later used by a private automobile company to pay tribute to INS Vikraant by moulding its metal to give life to a new two-wheeler.
However, all the maritime states have proposed to the Ministry of Defence to acquire & preserve INS Viraat.
The new INS Vikrant, which is being currently built by Cochin Shipyard Carrier in Cochin, will be commissioned in 2018 in India. However, it will be operational in 2019.
This puts India in a slightly vulnerable position as the country will have only one aircraft carrier – INS Vikramaditya for next three years. For last few decades, India always had at least 2 aircraft carriers at any given time.