Warfare in News
Posted on Monday 10th September
The Swan Hunter-built vessel was decommissioned in 2010 - 5 years ahead of its expected sell-by date - and is expected to raise £3m as scrap metal. The decision to retire her 5 years early is part of the drive to address the Defence deficit, and the aircraft carrier has been awaiting its fate in Portsmouth harbour for the past 18 months.
There were hopes that an alternative use for Ark Royal would be found, and during the bidding process prior to this final decision, other proposed ideas included turning the 22,000-ton ship into a Thames-based helipad, a hotel and a casino.
Ark Royal's sister ship HMS Invincible was also sold as scrap last year, however HMS Illustrious is expected to be preserved after completing active service in 2014.
Seaforth World Naval Review 2013(Hardback - 192 pages)
Seaforth World Naval Review 2013
Launched in 2009, this annual has rapidly established a reputation as an authoritative but affordable summary of all that has happened in the naval world in the previous twelve months. It combines the standing features of regional surveys with one-off major articles on noteworthy new ships and other important developments. Besides the latest warship projects, it also looks at wider issues of importance to navies, such as… Read more...
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