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Name: ILLUSTRIOUS
Type: Aircraft Carrier
Keel: 01/10/1976
Launched: 01/12/1978
Completed: 20/06/1982
Builder: Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd
Yard: Wallsend
Yard Number: 102
Dimensions: 22000disp, 209.0 x 36.0 x 7.6(draft)metres
Engines: 4 x Olympus TM3B gas turbines, 97000hp
Engines by: Rolls Royce
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 30.0+knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 3 x Goalkeeper CIWS guns; 22 x aircraft (Sea Harrier and/or Sea King)
History:
20/06/1982 British Royal Navy
2016 Broken up
Comments: Member of the INVINCIBLE Class and allocated pennant R06
Ordered as a through deck cruiser & reclassified as an aircraft carrier in 1980s
Fitted with a "ski jump" ramp to assist short take off Sea Harrier launches
2010: Harrier aircraft retired, operated as a helicoper carrier
2014: Withdrawn from service. Expected to be preserved.
07/12/2016: Left Portsmouth under tow for breaking up at Aliaga


Above photo, taken 11/11/1978, is copyright of Dennis Maccoy

Note the anchor pockets in the above photos that were deleted before completion. Photo copyright of Dennis Maccoy

Above photo, taken 11/11/1978, is copyright of Dennis Maccoy

Above photo taken 26/11/1978 copyright of Dennis Maccoy

Above photo courtesy of Dave Wilkinson

Above ILLUSTRIOUS passes ARK ROYAL. Photo is copyright of the Imperial War Museum

Above photo is copyright of Ken Lubi

Above photo is copyright of Ken Lubi

Above: ILLUSTRIOUS heads for breaking up. Photo is copyright of Jeff Morgan

Above: ILLUSTRIOUS heads for breaking up. Photo is copyright of Jeff Morgan

Above: ILLUSTRIOUS being broken up. Photo is copyright of Fatih Takmakli