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Maharashtra Govt. to convert aircraft carrier INS Viraat into floating museum

Published on November 06, 2018
Maharashtra state cabinet approved plan for conversion of Indian Navy's longest-serving aircraft carrier INS Viraat, into India's first-ever moored maritime museum-cum-marine adventure centre.
Maharashtra Govt. to convert aircraft carrier INS Viraat into floating museum
  • At present, INS Viraat is at Mumbai's Naval dockyard after it was decommissioned (retired) in 2017.

Details:

  • As per state government's plan, INS Viraat's conversion will be on publicprivate-partnership (PPP) basis.
  • It will be grouted (grounded, sealed to seabed with concrete and moored) seven nautical miles off Malvan coast at Nivati rocks in Sindhudurg district.
  • This ship will host biodiversity centres and a 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.

About INS Viraat:

  • It was built in 1943 during Second World War and was first commissioned as HMS Hermes into the British Royal Navy in November 1959.
  • During the Falklands War in 1982, the aircraft carrier had served as flagship of the Royal Navy's task force.
  • British navy had decommissioned it in 1985 after 27 years of service.
  • It has sailed nearly 11 lakh km, enough to cover the globe 27 times.
  • It had spent 30 years in Indian Navy and 27 years in Royal British Navy.
  • It was commissioned into the Indian Navy on May 12, 1987.
  • It had played a major role in Operation Jupiter in 1989 in the Sri Lankan peace keeping operation.
  • It had participated in the standoff Operation Parakram in 2001-2002 when India and Pakistan were engaged in a standoff post the Parliament terror attack.
  • Its last operational deployment was for participation in International Fleet Review held at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh in February 2016. 
  • INS Viraat holds Guinness Books of record of being the longest serving warship in the world.
  • It was also the last British-built ship serving with the Indian Navy.

Question:

Q. What is the name of Indian Navy's longest-serving aircraft carrier for which the Maharashtra state cabinet has approved plan for conversion into India's first-ever moored maritime museum-cum-marine adventure centre?
a. INS Vikrant
b. INS Viraat
c. INS Vikramaditya
d. None of the above
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