UK: HMS Ark Royal Heads for Scrapping

Royal Navy’s former warship HMS Ark Royal is going to be scrapped, reports the BBC.

The warship left Portsmouth for the last time and is now headed to Turkey.

The vessel’s final destination is the same shipyard in Leyal that stripped down her sister ship, HMS Invincible.

HMS Ark Royal is a decommissioned light aircraft carrier and former flagship of the Royal Navy.

She was the third and final vessel of the Invincible-Class.

She was built by Swan Hunters on the River Tyne and launched in 1981.

Ark Royal was decommissioned on Friday 11th March 2011.

After Ark Royal’s decommissioning, HMS Albion replaced her as the Royal Navy’s flagship.

In September 2012, the announcement was made that the ship had been sold to Leyal Ship Recycling ltd, from Turkey, for scrapping.

NavalToday Staff, May 20, 2013

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Posted on May 20, 2013

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