A Look at INS Viraat, the Subject of Modi’s Latest Attack on Rajiv Gandhi

India | News18 | May 9, 2019, 12:22 pm
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 INS Viraat is India’s second and oldest serving aircraft carrier. The warship has served the Indian Navy for nearly 30 years and sailed into the pages of history in 2017. The country's second Centaur-class vessel, it served 29 years under the Indian flag, preceded by 27 years with the Royal Navy, earning a Guinness World Record as the oldest serving warship on earth. This warship has hit headlines afresh after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as part of campaigning for ongoing elections, accused the late Rajiv Gandhi of using INS Viraat as his “personal taxi”. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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INS Viraat is India’s second and oldest serving aircraft carrier. The warship has served the Indian Navy for nearly 30 years and sailed into the pages of history in 2017. The country's second Centaur-class vessel, it served 29 years under the Indian flag, preceded by 27 years with the Royal Navy, earning a Guinness World Record as the oldest serving warship on earth. This warship has hit headlines afresh after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as part of campaigning for ongoing elections, accused the late Rajiv Gandhi of using INS Viraat as his “personal taxi”. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Currently, Viraat, India’s largest, decommissioned, aircraft carrier warship, is docked at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. After in-principle acceptance that the warship will be handed over to the Government of Maharashtra, the Ministry of Defence now awaits a firm proposal by the State government. The ship hasn’t yet been handed over to Maharashtra. Condition of the ship isn’t great as of now. Navy spends from its own pockets to maintain her. INS Viraat in the harbour - all dressed up. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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Currently, Viraat, India’s largest, decommissioned, aircraft carrier warship, is docked at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. After in-principle acceptance that the warship will be handed over to the Government of Maharashtra, the Ministry of Defence now awaits a firm proposal by the State government. The ship hasn’t yet been handed over to Maharashtra. Condition of the ship isn’t great as of now. Navy spends from its own pockets to maintain her. INS Viraat in the harbour - all dressed up. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Extending sea legs with the tanker - The ship operated for months away from base port. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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Extending sea legs with the tanker - The ship operated for months away from base port. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 AIR 3 Sea Harriers after recovery. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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AIR 3 Sea Harriers after recovery. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 INS Viraat leave Mumbai harbour for one last time under own power. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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INS Viraat leave Mumbai harbour for one last time under own power. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 AIR 1 Three Sea King 42 B getting ready for take off from INS Viraat Deck. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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AIR 1 Three Sea King 42 B getting ready for take off from INS Viraat Deck. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 AIR 4 Sea Harriers ranged on deck. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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AIR 4 Sea Harriers ranged on deck. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Photo of SNC (Southern Naval Command) bidding final adieu to INS Viraat.(Image: Special Arrangement)
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Photo of SNC (Southern Naval Command) bidding final adieu to INS Viraat.(Image: Special Arrangement)

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 INS Viraat leave Mumbai harbour for one last time under own power. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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INS Viraat leave Mumbai harbour for one last time under own power. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 INS Viraat leave Mumbai harbour for one last time under own power. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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INS Viraat leave Mumbai harbour for one last time under own power. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 AIR 2 - The fighter arm- Sea Harriers being inspected on the go. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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AIR 2 - The fighter arm- Sea Harriers being inspected on the go. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Photo of SNC (Southern Naval Command) bidding final adieu to INS Viraat.(Image: Special Arrangement)
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Photo of SNC (Southern Naval Command) bidding final adieu to INS Viraat.(Image: Special Arrangement)

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 INS Viraat leave Mumbai harbour for one last time under own power. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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INS Viraat leave Mumbai harbour for one last time under own power. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Photo of SNC (Southern Naval Command) bidding final adieu to INS Viraat.(Image: Special Arrangement)
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Photo of SNC (Southern Naval Command) bidding final adieu to INS Viraat.(Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Boilers flashed up and raring to go on the last leg. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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Boilers flashed up and raring to go on the last leg. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 INS Viraat leave Mumbai harbour for one last time under own power. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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INS Viraat leave Mumbai harbour for one last time under own power. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 INS Viraat at sea. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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INS Viraat at sea. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 INS Viraat leave Mumbai harbour for one last time under own power. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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INS Viraat leave Mumbai harbour for one last time under own power. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 INS Viraat leave Mumbai harbour for one last time under own power. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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INS Viraat leave Mumbai harbour for one last time under own power. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command and other senior officers of the command, visited the ship and interacted with the crew prior to her departure. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command and other senior officers of the command, visited the ship and interacted with the crew prior to her departure. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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