India's 19,500-ton British Glory -class aircraft carrier Vikrant was launched in 1945 as HMS Glory. Purchased still incomplete in 1957 and completed in 1961, she came to the end of her career on 31 January, although the ship may be preserved as a museum. Between 1979 and 1989, the Vikrant had spent no less than 96 months under repair, and she had not moved under her own power since before this August 1994 view was taken at Bombay. India's other carrier, the 28,700ton Viraat (ex-HMS Hermes , laid down in 1944), will shortly begin a lengthy overhaul intended to extend her service to around 2005. Negotiations with Russia to purchase the last Kiev -class semicarrier, the Admiral Gorshkov (ex- Baku ), seem to have fallen through, and plans to construct a 15,000-ton light carrier in India remain nebulous and unfunded. Thus, the remaining 20 Sea Harrier shipboard aircraft will have no seagoing home for most of the remainder of this decade and probably again after the Viraat is retired. Of the other surviving World War II-era British-built light carriers, Argentina's long-inactive Veinticinco de Mayo (ex-Dutch Karel Doorman , ex-HMS Venerable ) was handed a death sentence last December when her long-planned reengining was canceled, while the Brazilian Air Force-operated S-2E Tracker fixed-wing aircraft for the Minas Gerais (ex-HMS Vengeance ) were grounded late last year, although the ship, perhaps overoptimistically, is still expected to sail until 2010.