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Portsmouth Bids Ark Royal A Final Farewell

Published: 20th May 2013 15:56

 The Ark Royal has left the UK for the last time as it goes to Turkey to be scrapped.

Crowds gathered as the famous aircraft carrier made its way out of Portsmouth Harbour just after 1pm to the sounds of fog horns bidding her a final farewell.

The vessel is being towed to Turkey to a shipyard in Leyal in a deal worth £2.9m.

The Ark Royal went into service in 1985 and was originally due to be decommissioned in 2016. However, following the 2010 Defence Review a decision was made to bring it forward to March 2011.


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