India’s spectacular 750-foot long ‘giant’ second aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, lifted anchor on Saturday afternoon for her final voyage to Kochi, prior to her scheduled decommissioning.
INS Viraat served the Indian Navy with distinction for almost three decades.
INS Viraat was the star attraction at the International Fleet Review held in Visakhapatnam in February this year.
INS Viraat Ranked as the oldest functional aircraft carrier in the world.
INS Viraat is last British-built ship serving the Indian Navy.
INS Viraat spent 2,250 days at sea covering 1.09 million km — or encircling the globe 27 times in six years.
INS Viraat played an import role in IPKF Operation Jupiter in Sri Lanka in 1989, Kargil War’s Operation Vijay in 1999.