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Old 29th July 2020, 17:42   #106
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Why do we need a ruse?
Without a ruse, I'd assume moving the entire fleet close to a choke point like Malacca Strait is considered a major "escalation" in geopolitics.

Clearly, this move has a "nod/wink" approval from the United States. If it comes to it, any action near the choke point needs 100% active diplomatic support from US - because lots of nations will be affected by action in this theater.

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It is meant as a message. If one needs a ruse to send a message, better to back away from posturing.
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INS Viraat goes to the scrap yard at Alang. End of an era.

INS Viraat {erstwhile HMS Hermes} has found no takers to convert it to a museum ship. This week it arrives at Alang, under tow, to be scrapped. Sadly the fate of INS Vikrant is being repeated. The cost of maintaining a vessel that size as a museum is in the order of Rs 20 to 30 crores a year. And Govt of India does not wish to invest that money.

Thanks to INS Viraat and the Sea Harriers our competence in carrier operations and more importantly fixed wing fast combat jet operations were kept alive and sharp. Without INS Viraat we would have gone the way of several other navies who lost their carrier fixed wing capabilities in the 1970s and 1980s. And the old girl, with the help of refits and upgrades, kept ploughing through the seas till 2016 when she was 57 years old. She last sailed in 2016 and was decommissioned in 2017.

My salute and thanks to all the men who sailed her in both the Indian and the Royal Navy and a tribute to the engineers and dockyard mateys of the Indian Navy who kept her alive and sailing till her 57th year. As a mark of respect to the Royal Navy, included below is a photo of HMS Hermes entering Portsmouth harbour after her victory in the Falklands where she was the flagship.

We, it seems don't have the funds to help build military naval pride for future generations but we do have Rs 8000 crores for VVIP udaan khatolas.

https://indianexpress.com/article/in...scrap-6568260/

https://www.ndtv.com/opinion/i-was-c...-scrap-2290271
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INS Viraat goes to the scrap yard at Alang. End of an era.
This is just heartbreaking. To see the once mighty and proud flagship of the Indian Navy being just disposed off like this!!!!

If you ever wonder what the pilots and sailors who served on her, just watch this ivide of of the INS Vikrant. This was just after the news came in that the Vikrant's steel was being used on the Bajaj V motorbike and the retired Naval officers like Adm Arun Prakash wishing the owners well. When I had seen this video for the first time, I had tears in my eyes. You feel for the men who called the ship their mother and where they shed blood, sweat and tears.



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We, it seems don't have the funds to help build military naval pride for future generations but we do have Rs 8000 crores for VVIP udaan khatolas.
Exactly Sir. Our is a nation where we worship Politicians, cricketers and bollywood fellows as "Heroes". THese useless politicians and baabus can divert funds to buy new aircraft, build statues , posh villas and new parliament buildings, but will feign bankruptcy when it comes to converting warships as museums or preserving military equipment for the future generations.

As citizens, we have failed as well. Our Patriotism only gets displayed when there in an India-Pakistan cricket match or a war like situation. That is the reason why our soldiers and the war machines, are treated with so much disdain and carelessness. Yes, there is the initial "Nation will never forget their sacrifices. We are indebted to them for their sacrifices", but then what?
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