Aircraft Carrier to Motor Bike

#1
Forget swords to plowshares.

From the depths of the internet I bring you the news that in India the former HMS Hercules (R49), aka INS Vikrant (R11), is set to to be turned into 150cc motorbikes. Of course that makes a pleasant change from our Royal Navy which is turning vast quantities of billions of pounds into two massive white elephants (some might say) that they'll never be able to crew.

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/auto/bajaj-to-make-motorcycles-with-steel-from-ins-vikrant-1195230.html

 
#2
...Of course that makes a pleasant change from our Royal Navy which is turning vast quantities of billions of pounds into two massive white elephants (some might say) that they'll never be able to crew...
It could never be said that the British Army are unable to find the Manpower for their own mammalian procurement projects that's for sure! :)























Regards,
MM​
 
#3
Forget swords to plowshares.

From the depths of the internet I bring you the news that in India the former HMS Hercules (R49), aka INS Vikrant (R11), is set to to be turned into 150cc motorbikes. Of course that makes a pleasant change from our Royal Navy which is turning vast quantities of billions of pounds into two massive white elephants (some might say) that they'll never be able to crew.

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/auto/bajaj-to-make-motorcycles-with-steel-from-ins-vikrant-1195230.html

There are still some who are not certain if that is not actually HMCS Bonaventure.
 
#7
Damn...if they were going into something a bit bigger my next bike would definitely be a KTM...
 
#8
#10
And next on this thread: earth explains how India has the world's most technologically advanced and eco-friendly motorcycle industry...

Well what happened to HMS Hercules then? The Indian Navy had her in service from 1961 as Vikrant. Bonaventure only left Canadian service in 1970 and was scrapped in Taiwan the following year.
The theory is that the Bonaventure went out of contact for two weeks while on its way to the breakers, and that the Vikrant met it somewhere for a swap to be performed. The Bonaventure then - with suitable cosmetic alterations - headed off to India and a quick refit, while the knackered Vikrant, now suitably modified so that only the most careful observer would notice something amiss, assumed the 'Bonnie's' identity. The tug captain and his crew - all now a bit wealthier - resumed contact with the world (after finally fixing broken comms kit...) and took the Bonaventure/Vikrant off to the breakers. The Vikrant/Bonaventure, meanwhile, got an air group aboard in time for the 1971 war, giving many years service and getting the Small Aeroplane We Do Not Mention For Fear of Thread Revival (Peace be upon its yaw vane) in a later refit.
 
#11
And next on this thread: earth explains how India has the world's most technologically advanced and eco-friendly motorcycle industry...



The theory is that the Bonaventure went out of contact for two weeks while on its way to the breakers, and that the Vikrant met it somewhere for a swap to be performed. The Bonaventure then - with suitable cosmetic alterations - headed off to India and a quick refit, while the knackered Vikrant, now suitably modified so that only the most careful observer would notice something amiss, assumed the 'Bonnie's' identity. The tug captain and his crew - all now a bit wealthier - resumed contact with the world (after finally fixing broken comms kit...) and took the Bonaventure/Vikrant off to the breakers. The Vikrant/Bonaventure, meanwhile, got an air group aboard in time for the 1971 war, giving many years service and getting the Small Aeroplane We Do Not Mention For Fear of Thread Revival (Peace be upon its yaw vane) in a later refit.
Oh god. No holes in that theory, none at all. It all seem so plausible!
 
#12
Well, it's on the internet, so it must be true...

If you google it, you'll find all sorts of entertaining details, from Canadian senators trapping Indian naval officers into 'admitting' that this happened, to RCN naval air squadron stickers being found in various locations on the Vikrant, etc, etc.
 
#13
Well what happened to HMS Hercules then? The Indian Navy had her in service from 1961 as Vikrant. Bonaventure only left Canadian service in 1970 and was scrapped in Taiwan the following year.
According to some of the conspiracy types, the two ships were swapped at sea with Hercules going on to the scrapyard.
 
#15
According to some of the conspiracy types, the two ships were swapped at sea with Hercules going on to the scrapyard.
Yeah I googled it. Just a few problems with that though- how would " Bonaventure", presumably stripped of all usable military equipment ( apparently some of her catapult equipment went to HMAS Melbourne) , with no fuel etc, get back to India under own power, passing off as Vikrant the whole time, and back into full service in time for the 1971 war? We're getting into " Replacement Invincible built in the Falklands" territory here.
 
#16
Well, it's on the internet, so it must be true...

If you google it, you'll find all sorts of entertaining details, from Canadian senators trapping Indian naval officers into 'admitting' that this happened, to RCN naval air squadron stickers being found in various locations on the Vikrant, etc, etc.
Damn those cover ups. Look what happens if you ask Buzz Aldrin to swear on the bible that he went to the moon and not Hollywood.
 
#17
I realise this is probably a bit of an old picture but this bloke needed gripping surely?



Even a green job wouldn't be allowed to appear on parade looking this awful.
 

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