HMS Ark Royal, taken from a Merlin HM1 whilst the ship and squadrons were building up for a Joint Warrior exercise. The Four Harriers had just recovered back on the deck after a low level mission through Wales.
Super carrier: Britain's largest warships take shape
The Royal Navy's last aircraft carriers - the Invincible class - were not officially classed as carriers but as Through Deck Cruisers to escape a round of defence cuts. Three were built - Invincible (seen here returning from the Falklands conflict), Illustrious and Ark Royal. Invincible and Ark Royal were both scrapped along with their complement of Sea Harriers under the current government's defence cuts. Illustrious has been retained as a helicopter carrier but will be scrapped when HMS…
Unsinkable Sam (aka Oskar/Oscar) - German ship’s cat who saw service in both the Kriegsmarine and Royal Navy during the Second World War, serving on board three vessels (the Bismarck, the HMS Cossack and the HMS Ark Royal) and surviving the sinking of all three.