Portsmouth bids farewell to warship HMS Ark Royal.....
The carrier was opened up to the general public today so they could see what life is / was like on board this vessel. She is due to be retired and then scrapped very soon.
HMS Ark Royal has clocked up 621,551 nautical miles as part of her service
The early retirement and subsequent scrapping of this ship is something that I don't agree with, at least in the current climate. It's ironic that we will now be left with no carrier defence until later in the decade when HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives on the scene. It won't be until 2019 that we have any aircraft capable of operating from a carrier, when the US built JSF arrives.
So, I all I have left to say is 'goodbye' to a mighty fine warship, which has served us well over the last 25 years.
Anyone here have any fond memories??