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Launched 1953 and served with Royal Navy from 1959 to 1984 the sold to the Indian Navy as INS Viraat where she served till 2017. This week she arrived at the breakers in Alang.
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Laid down 21st June 1944 as ELEPHANT.
Thanks to lessons learned and modifications she outlasted her three sisters but I doubt anyone thought that she would last this long.
 

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Hi Alistair.
Many thanks for this information, she had a very distinguished career.
Played a huge part in The Falklands War.
Since being handed over to The Indian Navy, she eventually faded into the background.
 

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I think this was partly due to the Indian Navy breaking their Sea Harriers and not buying new ones to replace them, Harriers were expensive to run.
 

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Commissioned into the IN in 1987 as "Viraat", after about a year at Devonport undergoing some repairs and modifications. Remained in service for a further 25 years or so, not sure exactly how long.
To the breakers 73 years after the keel was laid, isn't bad going.
 
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