Maharashtra state cabinet approved plant for conversion of Indian Navy’s longest-serving aircraft carrier INS Viraat, into India’s first-ever moored maritime museum-cum-marine adventure centre. At present, INS Viraat is at Mumbai’s Naval dockyard after it was decommissioned in 2017.
This ship will host biodiversity centres and marine adventure centre providing sailing and scuba-diving experiences. There will be virtual galleries, cafeterias and even training centre for merchant navy crew. World over only seven aircraft carriers so far have been converted into museums, theme parks and luxury hotel.
It was built in 1943 during Second World War and was first commissioned as HMS Hermes into the British Royal Navy in November 1959. British navy had decommissioned in 1985 after 27 years of service. It was commissioned into the Indian Navy on May 12, 1987. It had spent 30 years in Indian Navy and 27 years in Royal British Navy. INS Viraat holds Guinness Books of record of being the longest serving warship in the world.
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