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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…

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…

The last of the few...New book captures the last Spitfires in stunning air to air action. Soaring into the skies above the green and pleasant land they so spectacularly fought to defend 76 years ago, they are the last of the few airworthy Spitfires left.

The last of the few...New book captures the last Spitfires in stunning air to air action. Soaring into the skies above the green and pleasant land they so spectacularly fought to defend 76 years ago, they are the last of the few airworthy Spitfires left.

Escort Carrier HMS Searcher ploughing through rough Atlantic weather, 1943 - precarious F4F Wildcat on deck.

Escort Carrier HMS Searcher ploughing through rough Atlantic weather, 1943 - precarious F4F Wildcat on deck.

News on HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier (R08 QE-class battleships). Latest news on the construction progress of the “pride and joy” of the British Royal Navy – the UK aircraft carriers of the future – being built now!

News on HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier (R08 QE-class battleships). Latest news on the construction progress of the “pride and joy” of the British Royal Navy – the UK aircraft carriers of the future – being built now!

Plymouth Dockyard and he didn't at first spot the 55,000 ton aircraft carrier... Marriage, Misery and the Mediterranean :  'Seaballs' : A Story by Bob Le Vaillant  bob@levaillantowen.com

Plymouth Dockyard and he didn't at first spot the 55,000 ton aircraft carrier... Marriage, Misery and the Mediterranean : 'Seaballs' : A Story by Bob Le Vaillant bob@levaillantowen.com

The Royal Navy Ark Royal Class Aircraft Carrier. The mighty flagship of the Royal Navy has now been decommissioned leaving the fleet without a carrier until the replacement, expected 2020, is ready.

The Royal Navy Ark Royal Class Aircraft Carrier. The mighty flagship of the Royal Navy has now been decommissioned leaving the fleet without a carrier until the replacement, expected 2020, is ready.

HMS Bulwark (R08) of the British Royal Navy was a 22,000 tonne Centaur-class light fleet aircraft carrier. Initially commissioned as a light aircraft carrier in 1954, the ship was later converted into a commando carrier in 1958 and recommissioned as such in 1960. Bulwark remained in this capacity until 1969.

HMS Bulwark (R08) of the British Royal Navy was a 22,000 tonne Centaur-class light fleet aircraft carrier. Initially commissioned as a light aircraft carrier in 1954, the ship was later converted into a commando carrier in 1958 and recommissioned as such in 1960. Bulwark remained in this capacity until 1969.

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