INS Viraat to be turned into a museum
Taking a cue from the way INS Kurusura has been successfully turned into a museum; the Indian government has decided to turn INS Viraat into a museum. The ship is scheduled to be decommissioned in the upcoming months.
The ship is a Centaur-class aircraft carrier in service with the Indian Navy. Having served the Indian Navy since 1987, the ship is on its last operational tour, having set sail from Mumbai last week; with over 1200 officers and sailors onboard. She is headed to Visakhapatnam for the upcoming International Fleet Review 2016 and is likely to reach on February 4.
Earlier, INS Vikraant was converted into a museum after it was decommissioned and was docked in Mumbai. But sadly, the museum could not be sustained owing to financial reasons and the ship was scrapped. Now, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Nara Chandrababu Naidu has come forward with his plans of making INS Viraat a museum and it will most likely be docked in Kakinada.
If converted into a museum, it will be the only war ship in India that has been converted into a museum; and hopefully, it will become symbolic of the city it rests in.