INS Viraat (ex HMS Hermes) to turn into a museum


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Via pprune:

Suresh Dharur
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 Amarendar said.

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 2016.

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 private player.
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.


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Jul 13, 2020
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She was beached yesterday at 1430 local in Alang. Sad to see her go, but she was in exceptionally poor condition. The Indian Navy predicted that she only had 10-15 more years left before her structure began to fail and she would become a hazard to the public. I've read that a group in the UK claimed to have raised the funds to acquire her, some £5 million. But even if they had, that's not nearly enough to tow her from India back to the UK, dry dock her for repairs, restore the interior of the ship to make her a viable museum, and pay for the dock space to tie her up at once that was done. I'm personally doubtful that we'll see anymore ships turned into museums in the future.

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Sadly I must concur, the money and frankly, the interest is just not there and the time it will take to recover from this current mess will prevent a lot of salvage missions from even being begun. I wonder how many of the currently active restorations will run into money troubles etc.