Q. Which of the following is/are NOT an air – craft carrier?
1. INS Vikrant
2. INS Viraat
3. INS Arihant
Select the correct answer using the code given below:

[A] 1 only

[B] 1 and 2 only

[C] 3 only

[D] 1, 2 and 3

Answer: C

INS Vikrant – Initially laid down as HMS Hercules for the British Navy, but construction was put on hold. India purchased the incomplete carrier in 1957, and construction was completed in 1961 and inducted as first aircraft carrier of India.  

  • It was decommissioned in 1997, scrapped in 2014. 
  • INS Vikrant (2013) – First domestically built aircraft carrier expected to join service by 2020. 
  • INS Viraat – A Centaur-class aircraft carrier commissioned in 1959 as the British Navy’s HMS Hermes and later sold to India in 1987 and it was decommissioned in 2017. 
  • INS Vikramaditya – Originally built as Baku for Soviet Navy and it was entered into Indian Navy in 2013. 

Source: The Hindu & ForumIAS factly