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INS Viraat (R22) is a Centaur class aircraft carrier currently in service with the Indian Navy. INS Viraat (meaning "giant") is the flagship of the Indian Navy, the oldest carrier in service and one of two aircraft carriers based in the Indian Ocean Region.


An era ends LAST JOURNEY: INS Viraat, the world’s oldest aircraft carrier, was accorded a grand send- off in Kochi on Sunday morning. The ship is being towed back by three tugs to Mumbai for decommissioning. Navy officials, led by the Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Nadkarni, took part in the ceremony at Ernakulam Wharf. —PHOTO: H. VIBHU