HMS Illustrious


7th December 2016

7 DECEMBER: PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND – People watch as Britain’s last serving aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious is towed from her home port at Portsmouth Docks after being sold for scrap. The 22,000 tonne ship, whose service started in 1982 in the aftermath of the Falklands War and saw deployments in Bosnia and Sierra Leone, was affectionately known as ‘Lusty’ and will be broken up for scrap in Turkey despite last minute attempts to save her.

(Photo credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)


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