Found a rare photograph of INS Vikrant (retired in 1997) and INS Viraat sailing together sometime in 90's. INS Vikrant is at the rear, and INS Viraat is at the front in this picture.
A sheer nostalgic moment looking at INS Vikrant steaming ahead in full glory. Sometimes, I really wonder, if it is possible to make a refit on INS Vikrant and use it for naval training purpose. Or, may be to convert it into an LPH (Landing Platform Helicopter).
Russian Federation has brought back so many mothballed warships (rusting for decades while moored at shipyards), back to active duty - Admiral Gorshkov Aircraft Carrier (renamed INS Vikramaditya, for our navy itself), proposed reactivation of Kirov Class Battle Cruisers, planned reactivation of Slava Class Cruiser Ukrayina for Russian Navy, which was launched in 1990 and is still docked at harbor of Mykolaiv, Ukraine.
INS Vikrant and INS Viraat sailing together in 90's ( Image Courtesy - martinfrost.ws )
It is sheer day-dreaming, I know, but wouldn't it be a sheer delight to see INS Vikrant steaming once again in Indian Ocean, in the same formation with INS Viraat, just one more time !!!
Think about it and please do post your comments on this.