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The carrier was laid down by Vickers Armstrong at Barrow in Furness during the Second World War and was due to be called HMS Elephant, however construction was suspended in 1945 before being resumed in 1952. She remained unfinished until 1957.
HMS Hermes entered service with the Royal Navy in 1959 and had a nearly 60 year career first with Britain and then India before she was decommissioned in 2017.
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the warship spent 2,250 days at sea and sailed 588,288 nautical miles.
Hermes was deployed as INS Viraat on peacekeeping missions in Sri Lanka in 1988 and the Kargil War in 1999.
Soon after she was decommissioned, plans had emerged for her to be transformed into a floating museum of luxury 90m hotel. But ultimately both proposals failed to gain any traction.
In the UK, Cornish businessman Andy Trish who was a young naval airman on board the aircraft carrier during the Falklands War in 1982 put forward a 20m bid to bring the ship back to the UK and turn her into a ‘living museum’.