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One of the navy's three aircraft carriers sailed into Portsmouth for the last time on Monday before retiring after 25 years of service.
A flypast took place as HMS Invincible arrived into port, before being decommissioned on 3 August.
The crew and more than 200 family members were on board to say farewell.
Critics have raised concerns that her retirement has left the navy with only one aircraft carrier, HMS Illustrious, while HMS Ark Royal undergoes a refit.
Invincible was launched by the Queen in 1977 and, during its deployment in the Falklands war, the Duke of York was based on board as a Sea King helicopter pilot.
It underwent a £64million refit in 2001 and acted as the Royal Navy’s flagship in June’s International Fleet Review.
Captain Neil Morisetti, Invincible’s commanding officer, said: "These events provide an excellent opportunity for HMS Invincible to celebrate not only her 25 years of service but also the hard work and dedication shown by members of the ship’s company past and present, and the continued support given by their families throughout her long and distinguished career."
Following the de-commissioning, Invincible will be handed over to the MoD’s Disposal and Reserve Ships Organisation which will mothball it until it is sold in 2010.
Originally posted by siddarthpanditv
i think after a major refit (the good old indian/russian/isreal tech) she should be good enough for india
except the harriers, they are getting a little old, get rid of them
However I believe Britain’s greatest carrier achievements were the Angled Flight Deck, Mirror Projector Landing Sight and the Steam Catapult. Whilst these inventions are no longer in use by the Royal Navy, they can still be found on American and French carriers
The Jaguar is basically a single seater F-4 Phantom, dont you boyz think that too? well it sort of does have a resembelance from the back.
Originally posted by Daedalus3
I think the Carrier based jaguar M was a pure french venture which never really happened and was replaced by the super etenard.
Originally posted by Browno
]The Jaguar is basically a single seater F-4 Phantom, dont you boyz think that too? well it sort of does have a resembelance from the back.