INS VIRAAT

INS VIRAAT DECOMMISSIONED

EMOTIONAL MOMENT : INS Viraat , the oldest aircraft carrier in the world and the second to be operated by the Indian Navy, after its last refit in Kochi on Saturday. It will be towed back to Mumbai for the decommissioning ceremony by the end of the year.

2 VERY IMPORTANT STATEMENTS FOR PRELIMS :

  1. INS Viraat (Sanskrit: Virāṭa meaning Giant) is a Centaur-class aircraft carrier in service with the Indian Navy.

  2. INS Viraat was the flagship of the Indian Navy before INS Vikramaditya was commissioned in 2013

NOT HIGHLY RELEVANT:

  1. The ship operated Sea Harrier (White Tigers - fighter air crafts), Seaking 42B (Harpoons - Anti Submarine helicopters) & Seaking 42C (Commando Carrier helicopters) and Chetak (Angles - SAR helicopter) as her main air elements.

She played a major role in the

  • Operation Jupiter in 1989 (Indian Peace Keeping operations in Sri Lanka) and

  • Operation Vijay in the year 1999 (Kargil War).

  • Various international joint exercises like Malabar (with US Navy), Varuna (with French Navy), Naseem-Al-Bahar (with Oman Navy) and has been an integral element of all major naval exercises.

MCQ 1 :

Consider the correct of the following :

  1. INS Viraat is a Centaur-class aircraft carrier was the first aircraft carrier to be designed and built in India.

  2. INS Vikrant , which is also a indigenously built Air Craft Carrier, is designed to survive in the event of attack by biological or chemical weapons but not nuclear weapons.

  1. 1 only

  2. 2 only

  3. both

  4. none

ANSWER :

MCQ 1 : NONE.

STATEMENT 1 : INS Viraat (Sanskrit: Virāṭa meaning Giant) is a Centaur-class aircraft carrier in service with the Indian Navy. INS Viraat was the flagship of the Indian Navy before INS Vikramaditya was commissioned in 2013. It is the last British-built ship serving with the Indian Navy and was the oldest aircraft carrier in service.

STATEMENT 2 : India’s first indigenously built Air Craft Carrier (Project -71) christened as INS Vikrant was launched at Cochin Shipyard Limited. With the launch, India joined the elite club of nations in the world capable of designing and constructing an Air Craft Carrier. The Ship is designed to survive in the event of attack by nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.

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