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Ark Royal

HMS Ark Royal participating in an Amphibious Exercise off the Eastern coast of the United States in 2008. Photo: POA(Phot) Jonathan Hamlet/MOD On the 20th of May 2013, the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal began her final journey from her Portsmouth base to Turkey where she will be broken up for scrap.

This mighty ship, pride of the Royal Navy was decommissioned as part of the government’s defence review, leaving Britain without a single fleet carrier able to project airpower overseas in the event of future threats to our interests and dependences.

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Historical Quotes

You ask, what is our policy? I will say 'It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.' You ask, what is our aim? I can answer with one word — Victory — Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.
Winston Churchill