HMS Ark Royal R09

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by BashaBasher, Nov 9, 2006.

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  1. The HMS Ark Royal R09 was probably the best ever ship in the Royal Navy, Shame it was scrapped, Why didnt they turn it into a feckin museum instead?


    It would have been a great museum at the points i have circled

    Or better than that, Somewhere along the Manchester Ship Canal.
  2. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Did one of the fly-boys miss the ship by about half a mile to the rear :? :wink:

    sorry - aft :cry:
  3. My first ship :( , thought it was huge until we tied up behind the Forrestal et al in Mayport. Looked like a flat top patrol boat then. In the 2 years I was on we only lost a couple of cabs and no aviation related deaths. Good record.

    The plume at the back is probably a Larne (splash) target, not to be confused with tattooed splash targets seen frequently today :lol:

    At 55,000 tons probably still shaving with her now.

    RIP the Rusty Old Nine :cry:
  4. Probably better put as 'off her stern' :oops:

    Please don't ask about 'Stern tube packing' :wink:
  5. R09 was Decommed in '78, when R07 came in!
  6. On her last major refit Ark Royal was given a new flight deck. The old deck was cut into squares and used as hard targets by the Royal Armoured Corps on the Lulworth tank ranges.