UK MoD sold the aircraft carrier Ark Royal for scrap

The flagship of the Royal Navy — aircraft carrier "Ark Royal" (HMS Ark Royal)

A decommissioned aircraft carrier "Ark Royal" sold for scrap Turkish company for 2.9 million pounds in order to replenish the defense budget, reported the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom.

The aircraft carrier "Ark Royal" was removed from service in 2011 as part of the reform program British Army — five years ahead of schedule, resulting in savings of up to 105 million pounds. Since the withdrawal from service, he was at the naval base of "Portsmouth".

Head carrier Series R05 «Invisibl" was built in 1980 in the shipyard, "Vickers Shipbuilding" in Barrow-in-Furness. Carriers R06 «Illastries" and R07 «Ark Royal" class "Invisibl" were built by "Swan Hunter" and joined the Royal Navy in 1982 and in 1985., Respectively.

The aircraft carrier "Ark Royal" has a length of 209 m, width — 36 m and a total displacement of 20,600 tons Dimensions flight deck: length — 167.8 m, width — 13.5 m

USS R05 «Invisibl" was decommissioned in 2005 and the year and in 2012 sold for scrap Turkish company "Leiyang." "Ark Royal" was put up for sale on the website of the Ministry of Defence edisposals.com and sold the same Turkish company. After the preparatory work it is planned to send to Turkey, where he is reclaimed.

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