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The Maharashtra cabinet has made an announcement on converting decommissioned Indian Navy aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, into a museum.You may soon be able to walk into the world’s oldest aircraft carrier, INS Viraat which served in the Indian Navy for nearly 30 years. It will host activities like scuba diving, luxury hotel, cafeteria and other adventure sports.

Before it was decommissioned in March 2017, INS Viraat was the last British-built ship serving in the Indian Navy. The ship was commissioned into Britain’s Royal Navy in 1959 as HMS Hermes. Viraat was sold to India in 1987, and served the Navy in several crucial operations till 2016.

The state cabinet has proposed to dock the INS Viraat off the shore near Nivti Rock in Sindhudurg, around 600km from Mumbai. Apart from the museum, the state cabinet is also planning to set up tourist facilities such as a luxury hotel, and scuba diving and other adventure sports. The official said any activity planned on the ship will be allowed only if it “maintains the dignity” of the warship.

According to rough estimates, the government expects an annual revenue of Rs 137 crore against a maintenance cost of Rs130 crore. “The project will be implemented on a public private partnership basis by inviting global tenders from investors.

So get ready to witness the grandeur of INS Viraat, as it has a lot in store to reveal.

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