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


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.


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.

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