INS Viraat Arrives Near Alang In Gujarat For Dismantling


Indian Navy retired aircraft carrier Viraat has arrived near Alang ship breaking yard off Gujarat coast in Bhavnagar district. It reached Gujarat coast after completing the three days journey from Mumbai Naval dock yard.
INS Viraat world’s longest serving warship that was decommissioned by the Indian Navy three years ago, will be dismantled at the ship breaking yard in Alang and then sold as scrap.
The warship which was inducted into the Indian Navy in 1987, was purchased by Shree Ram Group for a sum of Rs. 38.54 crore at an auction in July this year.
Viraat is anchored about seven nautical miles from Alang ship breaking yard. Looking at the sea side conditions, beaching at the ship breaking yard is excepted to take place on 28th September. Meanwhile, customs and other procedure will take place.
Government officials are on board the ship to carry other formalities as per the ship breaking code, Shree Ram Group Chairman Mukesh Patel said.
It is the second aircraft carrier to be broken down in India. In 2014, INS Vikrant was dismantled in Mumbai.


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