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Keith at Tregenna
30th August 2014, 01:19 AM
Yesterday, the Royal Navy decommissioned the last serving aircraft carrier in its arsenal - HMS Illustrious, Until 2020, when HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to enter service, only the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean will be able to provide aerial support for naval operations.

In a long career beginning in 1978, "Lusty" has served in many conflict zones, most notably in the Falklands. She has sailed over 900,000 miles and was the last operational Harrier carrier as well as being the last survivor of the three Invincible-class carriers. Her future is as yet uncertain though there are plans (and indeed hopes) that she will remain in Britain as a museum ship.

The name HMS Illustrious would have been familiar to Nelson as two ships with the name were in service during his lifetime. The first, commissioned in 1789, was a 74-gun third rate which served with him, while he was Captain of the Agamemnon at the Siege of Toulon in 1793 and at the Battle of Genoa in 1795, during which she was heavily damaged. Running aground while she was being towed for repair, she was abandoned. Her successor, also a 74-gun third rate, was commissioned in 1803 but spent her service in Nelson's final years with the Channel Fleet.



Peter F Chard
30th August 2014, 07:41 AM
Whilst on the subject of Aircraft Carriers, I have a question -- are the new Royal Navy carriers under construction, the largest ever constructed in the UK, nuclear powered ?? Regards Peter in NZ.

30th August 2014, 09:50 PM

Integrated Full Electric Propulsion

2x Rolls-Royce Marine Trent MT30 36 MW (48,000 hp) gas turbine
4x Wärtsilä diesel (2x 9 MW (12,000 hp) & 2x 11 MW (15,000 hp))

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4x Converteam 20MW Advanced Induction Motors

30th August 2014, 09:55 PM
There are three bids in to Save the Illustrious

Hull City Council confirmed it had put in a bid to try to turn HMS Illustrious into a floating maritime museum docked in the city as part of its role as UK city of culture for 2017.

The MoD refused to say where the other two bids were from, but said it had looked at proposals from private companies, charities and trusts. Businesses in Portsmouth last year expressed interest in securing the warship, to turn it into a conference centre and venue in the city. Earlier this year a Southampton firm unveiled ambitious designs to turn her into a yacht.

These might just work as the £ Millions needed will be backed by industry or council somewhere , I just hope they save it before it becomes another rotting hulk beyond redemption ,. because everyone had taken years to decide what to do

Peter F Chard
31st August 2014, 12:13 AM
#3 Thanks for the info on the propulsion systems, seems an odd choice when other methods are available. Just guessing but she will have to re-fuel just about every week, which will be a logistic nightmare to position tankers in the right place at the right time to refuel an almost stationary warship at its most vulnerable to attack. Regards Peter in NZ