Mumbai, Nov. 14 -- The decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Viraat, which was consigned to being scrapped in July this year, will be up for auction on December 17 before it is sent to be scrapped. Those interested in owning a piece of Indian naval history will have to pay a pre-bid earnest money deposit of Rs.5.30 crore. Originally commissioned as the HMS Hermes of the British Royal Navy in 1959, INS Viraat holds the Guinness record for being the oldest serving warship in the world.

Known as the 'Grand Old Lady', INS Viraat entered service with the Indian Navy in 1987 and was decommissioned in 2017 after spending spent nearly 2,250 days at sea, sailing 5,88,288 nautical miles. On December 17, an e-auction will be held between 12pm and 4pm b...