You deserved better
Workers climb to enter India’s first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant to dismantle it at a ship-breaking yard in Mumbai, India, on November 22, 2014. The iconic naval vessel, that was purchased from Britain in 1957, played a key role during the India-Pakistan war of 1971 and was decommissioned in 1997. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Vikrant was one of 16 planned 1942 Design Light Fleet Carriers for the British Royal Navy and one of the last WWII-era flattops not preserved. As past Warship Wednesday alumni, this carrier served the Indian Navy for a forty year career that included seeing hot combat against Pakistan, and brief retirement as a museum ship before being sent to the scrap heap this June.
The photo above is from a sad series of photos at the Atlantic highlighting ship breaking by hand on the beaches of the Indian Ocean’s wrecking yards. Click away to see more but be prepared to have your heart broken.