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  • Ark Royal back after £12m refit

    The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal has returned to the Royal Navy fleet after undergoing a major upgrade.




    The ship has been out of service for seven months while undergoing the £12m refit by BVT Surface Fleet in Portsmouth, Hampshire. The warship will now undergo sea trials before returning to its position as flagship, taking back the role from its sister ship HMS Illustrious.


    The refit included the fitting of new exhaust systems, an updated IT network and improvements to sewage treatment plants. The gearboxes, main engines and diesel generators have been refurbished and the hull has been painted with new "intersleek" paint to improve fuel consumption.

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    On board Pont Aven on Tuesday evening sailing from Portsmouth to Santander I saw both HMS Ark Royal and Illustrious in Portsmouth (as well as many other RN ships tied up or in dry dock - I wish I had my camera!). Both had a lot of canvas covering part of their decks.
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    "Fellow-soldiers of the Irish Republican Army, I have just received a communication from Commandant Pearse calling on us to surrender and you will agree with me that this is the hardest task we have been called upon to perform during this eventful week, but we came into this fight for Irish Independence in obedience to the commands of our higher officers and now in obedience to their wishes we must surrender. I know you would, like myself, prefer to be with our comrades who have already fallen in the fight - we, too, should rather die in this glorious struggle than submit to the enemy." Volunteer Captain Patrick Holahan to 58 of his men at North Brunswick Street, the last group of the Four Courts Garrison to surrender, Sunday 30 April 1916.

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    • #3
      Looks well for a ship that is past thirty years old.
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      • #4
        Surely 12M wouldn't go far on a ship like that?

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        • #5
          Looks like three Chinooks on deck. Maybe her first job is bringing replacements out to Afghanistan?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by easyrider View Post
            Looks like three Chinooks on deck. Maybe her first job is bringing replacements out to Afghanistan?
            Ahh, the pic is a library photo. Not taken recently. Below is of the ceremony taken after her refit.

            Last edited by pmtts; 5 September 2009, 19:22.

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            • #7
              If it's like the refits to the other carriers, there'd be a third mast with a host of new comms equipment. Makes them more useful as a command vessel. Of course it looks like they won't be flying fixed wing again any time soon.


              Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Goldie fish View Post
                If it's like the refits to the other carriers, there'd be a third mast with a host of new comms equipment. Makes them more useful as a command vessel. Of course it looks like they won't be flying fixed wing again any time soon.
                According to the RN, Ark Royal will utilise the Harrier GR7 and GR9.

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