Wanna Buy An Aircraft Carrier? The Royal Navy Has A Deal For You!

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    Smile Wanna Buy An Aircraft Carrier? The Royal Navy Has A Deal For You!

    Britain's Ministry of Defence has put an aircraft carrier up for sale on an official used equipment website.

    The Royal Navy aircraft carrier Ark Royal was taken out of service earlier this year as part of government budget cuts. It was decommissioned in Portsmouth this month, and is up for sale on Disposal Services Authority, a website run by the ministry's Defence Equipment and Support arm.

    Individuals and organisations interested in purchasing the former flagship of the Royal Navy -which was launched by Queen Elizabeth in 1981 -have to submit their proposals for the ship to the Ministry of Defence for approval.

    "We need to be assured of the viability of the person or organization . including how they intend to store, maintain and dispose of the ship before the sale can be agreed upon," Defence Equipment and Support spokesman Tim Foreman told Reuters on Monday.

    Proposals for the aircraft carrier -which travelled 621,551 nautical miles over the course of its career -include mooring it in London for use as a helipad. Interested parties have until June 13 to submit their bids and the ship will be handed over to its new owner by the end of the year.

    Britain's coalition government said it would axe the flagship in a defence review last year as part of its plans to cut a record budget deficit.

    "HMS Ark Royal has a proud history in the naval fleet and was due to leave service in three years time. Bringing forward her decommissioning ensures we will have an enhanced carrier strike capability in the future," the Ministry of Defence said.

    "Until then, the U.K. continues to have access to a range of international bases which allow us to project our air power around the world."

    HMS Ark Royal played a crucial role in the NATO campaign during the conflict in Bosnia and was also involved in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

    It was the fifth British ship to carry the name Ark Royal. The first was built for Sir Walter Raleigh and became the flagship of the English fleet, seeing action during the Spanish Armada campaign of 1588.

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    It is not a real aircraft carrier. Only Harriers could take off from it.

    It did somehow mange to defeat the Argies in the Falklands War, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LanceORYGUN View Post
    It is not a real aircraft carrier.
    Its still to big for my bathtub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LanceORYGUN View Post
    It is not a real aircraft carrier. Only Harriers could take off from it.

    It did somehow mange to defeat the Argies in the Falklands War, though.

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    The Harrier is a fine jet for the purpose it was built for. In fact the U.S. military still uses them too. You can also launch choppers of those carriers too.

    I don't see the price tag anywhere though.
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    i want it
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    You'd have to be a millionaire just to run that thing. The fuel costs would be horrendous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LanceORYGUN View Post
    It is not a real aircraft carrier. Only Harriers could take off from it.

    It did somehow mange to defeat the Argies in the Falklands War, though.

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    It is a real aircraft carrier it has a catipult and can launch buckaneers and phantoms... I got a great chance to spend some time on her when I was active...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Its still to big for my bathtub.
    Not if you bathe in the Atlantic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LanceORYGUN View Post
    It is not a real aircraft carrier. Only Harriers could take off from it.

    It did somehow mange to defeat the Argies in the Falklands War, though.

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    I am a real sailor, 20 years worth on destroyers and cruisers. Had the privilege of being involved in a few operations with the Ark Royal in the 80s and 90s. She is a real ship and Harriers are real aircraft. Not too sure about how it is now but the Brits had a great navy and were some of the most proficient sailors on the seas. I certainly respected them and enjoyed sailing with them. Would have confidently gone into any battle with them.
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    Due to budget cuts the Royal Navy has ceased all fixed wing operations, and the RAF has been significantly reduced. Ceasing Harrier operations is a real shame, a great plane with a great history. The last edition of Combat Aircraft had a major article and tribute to the Ark.
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