Major repairs for the INS Viraat its replacement delayed again by Russia

Friday 8th March, 2013

New Delhi : INS Viraat, the Navy’s only aircraft carrier, is currently getting a major overhaul at the shipyard in Kochi which will allow it to serve till 2016.The British-made carrier has been in service for the past 53 years – it was first with the UK Navy, and then with the Indian navy for 28 years.The effective life of any ship with the best of refits and repairs is about 40 years. The INS Viraat has beaten that average handsomely.After its hull is repaired in Kochi, it will sail to Mumbai for other repairs and is unlikely to join the Navy before July.”This is the last major refit that INS…

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