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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Viraat to make a last call at Kochi

The world’s oldest aircraft carrier in service, INS Viraat (R 22), will make one last visit to the Cochin Shipyard, which has carried out some 12 cycles of routine refit of the vessel, by the middle of next year for its decommissioning refit.

Also flying into sunset will be its integral, now depleted, fleet of Sea Harrier jump jets.

“They — the Harriers and the carrier — have a symbiotic relationship and it’s in the fitness of things to phase out both together,” Captain Rajesh Pendharkar, commanding officer of Viraat , told the media on board the vessel, which is slated to set course for Mumbai in a day or two after a short refit that lasted two months at the Cochin Shipyard.

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