HMS Ark Royal R07

HMS Ark Royal R07

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HMS Ark Royal is a decommissioned light aircraft carrier and former flagship of the Royal Navy. She was the third and final vessel of Invincible-class. Built by Swan Hunters on the River Tyne and launched in 1981 by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, she followed sister ships HMS Invincible and HMS Illustrious into service in 1985. Slightly larger than her sister ships, and with a steeper ski-jump ramp, Ark Royal carried the STOVL (Short Take Off and Vertical Landing) Harrier Jump Jet aircraft, as well as various helicopters. Originally due to be retired in 2016, Ark Royal was instead decommissioned on Friday 11 March 2011, as part of the Navy restructuring portion of the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review. After Invincible was decommissioned in 2005, and with the retiring of Illustrious expected in 2014, Royal Navy aircraft carrier usage will continue with at least one ship of the under-construction Queen Elizabeth class. After Ark Royal's decommissioning HMS Albion replaced her as the Royal Navy flagship. #aircraft #aircraft_carrier #flagship #Harrier_Jump_Jet #helicopters #HMS_Albion #HMS_Ark_Royal #HMS_Illustrious #HMS_Invincible #HMS_Queen_Elizabeth #Invincibleclass #light_aircraft_carrier #Queen_Elizabeth #Queen_Elizabeth_class #Royal_Navy #ship #skijump #STOVL #Swan_Hunters
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