INS Viraat is the world’s oldest Aircraft Carrier still in Service. She was commissioned in November 1959 as the Centaur Class HMS Hermes.

INS Viraat is the world’s oldest Aircraft Carrier still in Service. She was commissioned in November 1959 as the Centaur Class HMS Hermes.

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Two US F/A-18E/F Navy Super Hornets fly in formation with two Indian Navy Sea Harriers, and two Indian Air Force Jaguars, over Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Viraat on Sept. 7, 2007. US Navy Photo

Two US F/A-18E/F Navy Super Hornets fly in formation with two Indian Navy Sea Harriers, and two Indian Air Force Jaguars, over Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Viraat on Sept. 7, 2007. US Navy Photo

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INS Viraat (R22) is a Centaur class aircraft carrier ex HMS Hermes currently in service with the Indian Navy. INS Viraat (meaning "giant") is the flagship of the Indian Navy, the oldest carrier in service and one of two aircraft carriers based in the Indian Ocean Region.

INS Viraat (R22) is a Centaur class aircraft carrier ex HMS Hermes currently in service with the Indian Navy. INS Viraat (meaning "giant") is the flagship of the Indian Navy, the oldest carrier in service and one of two aircraft carriers based in the Indian Ocean Region.

The world’s oldest aircraft carrier in active service -INS Viraat- will retire on March 6 with a ceremonial send-off in Mumbai. According to Guinness World Records, INS Viraat is the world’s oldest serving warship.

The world’s oldest aircraft carrier in active service -INS Viraat- will retire on March 6 with a ceremonial send-off in Mumbai. According to Guinness World Records, INS Viraat is the world’s oldest serving warship.

Indian Navy's carrier INS Viraat all set for decommissioning. Previously HMS Hermes here is a picture of her with her air wing assets - Harrier Seaking and Chetak onboard.[1280X859]

Indian Navy's carrier INS Viraat all set for decommissioning. Previously HMS Hermes here is a picture of her with her air wing assets - Harrier Seaking and Chetak onboard.[1280X859]

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INS Vikramaditya vs INS Viraat vs INS Vikrant|Aircraft carrier in Indian Navy

INS Vikramaditya vs INS Viraat vs INS Vikrant|Aircraft carrier in Indian Navy

The Falklands War between the U.K. and Argentina begins and ends. (Apr-Jun 1982) Photo: HMS Hermes, flagship for the Royal Navy during the Falklands War.

The Falklands War between the U.K. and Argentina begins and ends. (Apr-Jun 1982) Photo: HMS Hermes, flagship for the Royal Navy during the Falklands War.

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