HMS Ark Royal Reached Her Final Destination

HMS Ark Royal in arriving her final destination in Aliağa. Photo:

HMS Ark Royal in arriving her final destination in Aliağa. Photo:

The decommissioned British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal has finished her 22 day voyage from Portsmouth to Aliağa and reached her final destination.

She was bought by Turkish scrapyard Leyal for 10 million TL (aproximately 3.400.000,- GBP and 5.280.000,- USD). This company has quite an expertise in scrapping warships: HMS Invincible, HMS Cardiff, HMS Newcastle, HMS Glasgow, HMS Exeter, HMS Southampton, HMS Nottingham, RFA Oakleaf , RFA Bayleaf, RFA Forg George  and German destroyer Rommel.


HMS Invincible Reached Her Final Destination

Yesterday on 12 April 2011, the 5 tugs towing the hull of the former British aircraft carrier HMS Invincible arrived at Aliağa, İzmir.

She was beached at the ship breakers.  Her dismantling and recycling will resume soon. It will take eight months to dismantle.

A Turkish ship breaker won the bid for the hull of the HMS Invincible despite a better bid from a Chinese company. It was speculated that UK was not keen to see another old aircraft carrier brought back to life in a Chinese shipyard.

The company claims that they have previously dismantled 5 other warships including HMS Cardiff, HMS Newcastle, HMS Glasgow, RFA Oakleaf and German destroyer Rommel.

Photos from here.

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