Dismantling of INS Viraat Suspended by SC

13 February 2021 Current Affairs:

The Supreme Court has suspended the dismantling of the recently decommissioned INS Viraat. This decision was made in the context of restoring the everlasting glory of the legendary warship of the Indian Navy.

♦ The bench led by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) S A Bobde listened to the petition.
♦ The bench issued a notice to the Center and other personnel and asked them to respond to the request.
♦ After the government made a decision in December 2020, part of this legendary vessel has been scrapped. This is an order from SC.
♦ The company that submitted the petition proposed to buy the aircraft carrier for Rs 100 crore.
♦ The SC has been dismantling the petition submitted by the company. The company submitted a petition seeking permission to transform INS Viraat into a maritime museum and multi-purpose adventure center. After proper consultation with the Indian Navy, the center notified the Parliament of their decision to dismantle INS Viraat in July 2019.

INS Viraat
It is a Centaur-class aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy. The aircraft carrier was the flagship of the Indian Navy until INS Vikramaditya entered service in 2013. INS Viraat was completed and commissioned in 1959 and entered service as the Royal Navy’s HMS Hermes.  In 1984, the aircraft was decommissioned, and in 1987 the aircraft carrier was sold to India. After that, it was put into service in the Indian Navy on May 12, 1987. The aircraft carrier has served the Indian Navy for 29 years and was decommissioned in 2017. This is the last British-built ship to serve the Indian Navy.

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