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R22 INS VIRAAT
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No: 23764   Contributor: Lee Brown   Year: 2014   Country: India
R22 INS VIRAAT

Photographed in Mumbai Bay on April 14th, 2012 is the Indian Navy's 28,700gt aircraft carrier R22 INS VIRAAT. She is the ex Royal Navy's HMS HERMES and was built as a fixed wind carrier by Vickers in 1959. She was converted to a commando carrier in 1973 and then converted again in 1976 to an anti-submarine carrier. Flagship for the Falklands task force her career with the RN came to an end in 1987 when she was sold to the Indian Navy. She was due to be decommissioned in 2013.
Picture added on 09 April 2014 at 15:00
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