Andhra may convert INS Viraat into tourist hotspot

Andhra may convert INS Viraat into tourist hotspot

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Andhra may convert INS Viraat into tourist hotspot 10 6 99
Mumbai: Andhra Pradesh hopes to convert the recently decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Viraat into a "dedicated tourist attraction".

The Andhra government on Friday issued tender notices inviting bids to appoint consultants for preparing a techno-economic feasibility report and detailed cost estimates to refurbish and convert INS Viraat into a tourism hotspot.

On May 12, 1987, she was taken over and commissioned under the White Ensign of Indian Navy and rechristened INS Viraat.

In her previous avatar, she served as the flagship of the South Atlantic Task Force during the commencement of the 1982 Falklands War when her aircraft operated round the clock, units from the ship destroyed many enemy aircraft in the air and surface.

Britain`s Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, once served on HMS Hermes, which boasted some of the most modern and intriguing facilities and amenities on board for the officers and sailors manning her.

It may be recalled that her iconic predecessor, India`s first aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant had languished for nearly 17 years with no takers and had become dangerous to maintain.

Finally, despite all efforts to save her, she was broken down and sold off as metal scrap in November 2014 by a Mumbai shipbreaker.

Source:-Zeenews
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