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HMS Illustrious is greeted by thousands of well-wishers as she docks for final time
The Daily Mail, UK ^ | 22 July 2014 | MARK DUELL

Posted on 07/22/2014 12:04:45 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

'Lusty' has returned home after 32 years of service with decommissioning ceremony to be held later this year

Will be replaced by HMS Ocean which has received £65m refit until next generation of aircraft carriers are built

Illustrious was rushed into service for the Falklands War, and has served in Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Lebanon

Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones praises her 'long and proud history' and says she has 'protected nation's interests'

685ft-long vessel Illustrious could be turned into floating museum in tribute to decommissioned class of warship

Greeted by waving bikini-clad women standing in the water, it was quite an arrival for HMS Illustrious which today sailed home for the last time. The Royal Navy's helicopter carrier made her way into Portsmouth Naval Base for the final time ahead of her being retired next month. Following 32 years of service, ‘Lusty’ has returned home to Hampshire with a decommissioning ceremony to be held later in the year. She was welcomed by thousands of former sailors, their families and other spectators, with many of the well-wishers fearing for her future. The carrier will be replaced by HMS Ocean, which has just received a £65million refit, until the next generation of aircraft carriers come into service.

In the water: Women and men wave to HMS Illustrious from the beach at Old Portsmouth in Hampshire, on her way to Portsmouth Naval Base

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: aircraftcarrier; falklands; hmsillustrious; royalnavy

1 posted on 07/22/2014 12:04:45 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

What great Assets.


2 posted on 07/22/2014 12:07:37 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Not sure why Lusty gets to be retained as a museum, other than being the last of the three sisters to leave service. Invincible (now scrapped) was class leader and the Falklands vet, Ark Royal (also scrapped) served in more conflicts and will probably be the last carrier to bear the RN’s most storied carrier name.

Heck, if any existing RN carrier deserves to be sitting in Portsmouth complementing Victory and Warrior as representative ships of their respective ages it’s Hermes.


3 posted on 07/22/2014 12:11:34 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: KC_Lion

Brit girls. Just so long as they don’t turn around and smile ...


4 posted on 07/22/2014 12:12:50 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: sukhoi-30mki

still looks like it could be useful.


5 posted on 07/22/2014 12:17:10 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Mermaids have always attracted sailors!


6 posted on 07/22/2014 12:19:14 PM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Looks are deceiving. 32 years of salt water on pipes, valves, and boilers take their toll.


7 posted on 07/22/2014 12:20:52 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

No boilers, she uses Olympus gas turbines, the maritime version of the engines that powered the Concorde.


8 posted on 07/22/2014 12:24:57 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter

No boilers to make fresh water?


9 posted on 07/22/2014 12:26:34 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: tanknetter

The waste heat from the gas turbines would be excellent for heating sea water for making fresh water.


10 posted on 07/22/2014 12:28:07 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Those look a lot better than the usual pudgy, chain smoking English chicks.......


11 posted on 07/22/2014 12:30:00 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: sukhoi-30mki

HMS Pinafore plies the boards for a final time at the local opera house.

12 posted on 07/22/2014 12:32:28 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("Don't be afraid. Just believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

YEAH BABY!

13 posted on 07/22/2014 12:32:29 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: tanknetter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolls-Royce_Olympus


14 posted on 07/22/2014 12:34:31 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Uh-oh! He referred to that ship as ‘she’! Isn’t that sexist?! ;-)


15 posted on 07/22/2014 12:39:41 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Why does every totalitarian political hack think that he knows how to run my life better than I do?)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqwkePX0d9Q

Just some Essex girls trying to pick up sailors...


16 posted on 07/22/2014 1:02:05 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: tanknetter

I’d like to see the girl in white turn around.


17 posted on 07/22/2014 1:05:42 PM PDT by enraged
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To: Blood of Tyrants

They’ve certainly taken their toll on me.


18 posted on 07/22/2014 1:08:37 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Blood of Tyrants
No boilers to make fresh water?

Like all gas turbine ships they have a desalinization system to make fresh water. Most ships today use a reverse osmosis purification plant. I imagine Illustrious does too.

19 posted on 07/22/2014 1:16:33 PM PDT by Lower Deck
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To: tanknetter

The Indians have Hermes at the moment (INS Viraat). It is due to be decommissioned in 2017, it remains to be seen what will happen to her after that...


20 posted on 07/22/2014 1:26:40 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Lower Deck

I don’t know whether anyone is watching “The Last Ship” or not but an episode or two ago the Burke Class destroyer the show is based around lost their desalinization capability when their turbines went down.


21 posted on 07/22/2014 1:27:53 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Mr. Lucky

Salt water, years, or English girls?


22 posted on 07/22/2014 2:20:30 PM PDT by gnarledmaw (Obama: Evincing a Design since 2009)
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To: gnarledmaw

Each in its own time.


23 posted on 07/22/2014 2:59:55 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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