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“Lusty” Illustrious

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HMS Illustrious visits the Tyne

The aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious is making a visit to the River Tyne and she entered South Shields harbour yesterday afternoon under grey skies and squally showers to be greeted by a small crowd at Littlehaven Beach and The Groyne as she was moored at the newly named Northumbria Quay on the north bank of the river.

She is the fifth Royal Navy ship to carry the name “Illustrious”, the first was launched in 1789. The current HMS Illustrious was laid down in Vickers Shipyard Barrows on 7th October 1976. On 20th June 1982, after steering gear trouble, she was finally commissioned at sea and headed directly to the Falkland Islands to relieve HMS Invincible. HMS Illustrious has participated in most major UK and NATO campaigns over the last 15 years; the list includes the First Gulf War, the Sierra Leone Evacuations and the war in Afghanistan in 2001. After this period of hectic activity, in October 2002, HMS Illustrious undertook a 104 week refit in Roysth Dockyard Scotland at a total cost of 118 million pounds. The refit is now allowing Illustrious to stay in service until 2012, when she is expected to be replaced by the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 300 mm lens, 1/250 second, f5.6, iso 200



Written by curly

November 2, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. When you said “lusty,” I thought she’d have an “interesting” picture painted on her somewhere. Like the WWII fighter planes had. ,-)



    November 3, 2007 at 9:25 pm

  2. As we see, every nation has its typical style. It’s clear she’s not French and certainly too tine and discrete to be American.

    Thanks for detailing the history which shows that we need these ships: they are as essential for the humanitarian tasks as they are for defence.


    November 6, 2007 at 2:38 pm

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