Decommissioned plane service INS Viraat at this time set sail for the final time, on solution to Alang in Gujarat, the place will probably be damaged down and bought as scrap.
For Navy veterans who watched the large vessel being towed by tug boats, there was a lump within the throat as they bade it an emotional farewell from the Gateway of India.
Former navy ship Viraat started its last journey from the Naval dockyard the place it was berthed after being decommissioned in March 2017.
A Navy helicopter circling overhead supplied an impressive backdrop to Viraat’s final voyage from its house base for over three many years.
A Defence spokesperson mentioned ‘Viraat’ was to go away for Alang on Friday, however its departure was delayed by a day.
The vessel had served the Indian Navy for 30 years earlier than being decommissioned. It had served within the UK’s Royal Navy as HMS Hermes and named INS Viraat after being inducted within the Indian Navy.
देहिनोऽस्मिन्यथा देहे कौमारं यौवनं जरा।
तथा देहान्तरप्राप्तिर्धीरस्तत्र न मुह्यति।।
… the Spirit lives on pic.twitter.com/RaAuCVPjGM
– SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) September 19, 2020
There had been makes an attempt to transform ‘Viraat’ right into a museum or a restaurant, however not one of the plans fructified.
Alang-based Shree Ram group has gained the bid for dismantling the ship. The firm’s excessive capability tugs are towing the vessel to Alang and it might take two days to finish the journey, an official mentioned.
Alang, a seashore city, homes the world’s largest ship breaking yard.
“#Viraat Callsign “Romeo Two Two” – End of an era, a glorious chapter in the history of @indiannavy. She departs #Mumbai today for her final journey. Old ships never die, their spirit lives on,” tweeted PRO Defence Mumbai.
Many social media customers lamented the failure of successive governments to protect Viraat and one other plane service Vikrant as maritime museums to depict India’s wealthy naval heritage, as a substitute of permitting them to be damaged down and bought as scrap.
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