HMS Invincible off to Turkish scrapyard

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From the Pompey News:
HUNDREDS of people are expected to turn out to see HMS Invincible make her final journey tomorrow. The aircraft carrier, which famously served in the Falklands War, will be towed out of Portsmouth Harbour at about 8am. She is heading to a Turkish scrapyard to be broken up and recycled.

Large numbers are set to turn out at the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth to say a final farewell to the ship, including members of The Invincible WO’s & CPO’s 82 Association...
 

Bouillabaisse

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I'm in Pompey tomorrow. I might pitch up to see her go. There's only one of my old ships left now and she's due to go soon
 
#3
Great! Nothing like securing a few more UK jobs for a year or two when you can do it overseas for the sake of a few measly quid
 
#4
Maybe she could park off Libya for a bit whilst enroute. Be a sort of floating airfield. I wonder if there are any little aeroplanes we could park on her. Then we could call her an aircraft carrier and support the no fly zone.
Maybe a bit revolutionary or visionary but by God its an idea
 

Bouillabaisse

LE
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#5
Great! Nothing like securing a few more UK jobs for a year or two when you can do it overseas for the sake of a few measly quid
She was auctioned off for scrap. The Turks aren't being payed to to do the work they're paying for the steel. British companies had the option to bid as well
 
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She was auctioned off for scrap. The Turks aren't being payed to to do the work they're paying for the steel. British companies had the option to bid as well
Hope they did a recce, otherwise they're going to get a bit more than they bid for in the way of concrete.
 
#7
Maybe she could park off Libya for a bit whilst enroute. Be a sort of floating airfield. I wonder if there are any little aeroplanes we could park on her. Then we could call her an aircraft carrier and support the no fly zone.
Maybe a bit revolutionary or visionary but by God its an idea
What, and steal some of the RAF's thunder?

Harumph! ;-)
 
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Couldn't she go to Turkey first, load a brigade of Turks and then head for the Gulf of Sirte for a lap of honour?
 
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Maybe she could park off Libya for a bit whilst enroute. Be a sort of floating airfield. I wonder if there are any little aeroplanes we could park on her. Then we could call her an aircraft carrier and support the no fly zone.
Maybe a bit revolutionary or visionary but by God its an idea
Beaten to it, I'm afraid. USS Kearsarge's Harriers have been flying 300 nm round-trip sorties hitting ground targets around Benghazi from the start. She also has the retrieval of two aircrew from a downed F-15 under her belt:
...One of the Harrier pilots to take part in the bombing runs was Capt Michael Wyrsch, 33, from Maryland

"We had intelligence that Gadaffi's forces were moving from the south towards Benghazi," he told the Daily Telegraph aboard the USS Kearsarge.

"When we were 50 miles away from the target we could see explosions in the distance. American F15s and F16s had flown in before us.

"It was pretty easy to engage the targets because they were strung out along a highway. It was a huge convoy - at least 50 vehicles. We engaged tanks, armoured fighting vehicles and artillery. They were all direct hits. We were not engaged by anti-aircraft fire and no missiles were shot at us."

The Harriers are equipped with infra-red targeting pods strapped to their wings which magnify images on the ground and relay them to the pilots to enable the identification of targets.
 
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Beaten to it, I'm afraid. USS Kearsarge's Harriers have been flying 300 nm round-trip sorties hitting ground targets around Benghazi from the start. She also has the retrieval of two aircrew from a downed F-15 under her belt:
But it isnt British. Everyone knows. We own the Med, ever since Nelson!
 
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Wordsmith

LE
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#13
But it isnt British. Everyone knows. We own the Med, ever since Nelson!
In 1946, a British squadron sailing into the Mediterranean met a US squadron sailing out. The American flagship signalled: "How is the world's second biggest navy?" The Navy's reply was "How is the world's second best?"

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