SC stays dismantling of INS Viraat

The Supreme Court have put a stay on the dismantling of the INS Viraat that was decommissioned recently. This decision was taken in the backdrop to restore the everlasting glory of this legendary warship of the Indian Navy.


The SC’s stay on the dismantling while hearing a petition filed by a firm. The firm filed the petition seeking a permission to convert INS Viraat into a maritime museum and a multi-functional adventure centre. The centre had informed the Parliament in July 2019 about their decision to dismantle the INS Viraat after holding due consultation with the Indian Navy.

SC’s Take

  • The petition was heard by a bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) S A Bobde.
  • The bench issued the notice to the Centre and others and asked for their responses on the plea.
  • This order came from SC after a portion of the legendary vessel has already been scrapped following the government’s decision in December 2020.

Firm’s take

The firm that filed the petition has proposed to buy the aircraft carrier for Rs 100 crore.

INS Viraat

It was a Centaur-class aircraft carrier in the Indian Navy. The aircraft carrier was the flagship of Indian Navy till 2013 before INS Vikramaditya was commissioned into services. INS Viraat was completed and commissioned in the year 1959 as the Royal Navy’s HMS Hermes. In the year 11984 it was decommissioned. The aircraft carrier was sold to India in the year 1987. Following that, it was commissioned into the Indian Navy on May 12, 1987.The carrier has served the Indian Navy for 29 years and decommissioned in 2017. This was the last British-built ship that was serving the Indian Navy.


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