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INS Viraat to turn into a museum
The Andhra government is planning to invest over Rs 20 crore to convert it
into a museum.
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, July 3
INS Viraat, the oldest aircraft carrier in the world, will soon be converted
into a museum.
The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) authorities have
received an in-principle approval from the Ministry of Defence to convert
the Centaur-class aircraft carrier into a museum.
"The Centre has agreed to hand over INS Viraat to the state on the request
of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu," the APTDC executive director
The warship will be docked at the shores of Kakinada port in coastal Andhra
to serve as a tourist attraction. It is scheduled to be decommissioned in
The state government is planning to invest over Rs 20 crore to convert it
into a museum without tinkering with is main structure. The museum will be
entirely developed and maintained by the government without involving any
Viraat was completed and commissioned in 1959 as the Royal Navy's HMS Hermes
and was transferred to India in 1987. In April 1986, India had signed an
agreement with Britain to acquired HMS Hermes. It was part of the action
during the Falklands war in 1982. After refits and new equipment being
fitted on Hermes, it was commissioned as INS Viraat on May 12, 1987.
Originally, the aircraft carrier was scheduled to be decommissioned in 2009,
but with the INS Vikramaditya's induction being delayed, Viraat underwent a
series of refits and continued its service.