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HMS Ark Royal

By BERTRAM
The start off a new series off Navel ships all taken at Portsmouth, in mid aug.
HMS Ark Royal, the last Invincible-class light aircraft carrier to be completed,is the fifth ship of the Royal Navy named in honour of the flagship of the English fleet that defeated the Spanish Armada. Ark Royal is slightly larger than her sister ships and during construction she was fitted with a steeper ski-jump ramp,to improve take off performance for the Harrier aircraft.
CONSTRUCTION
Her keel was laid by Swan Hunter at Wallsend on 7th December 1978.She was launched on 20th June 1981 sponsored by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Motherand commissioned on the 1st November 1985. Originally intended as Indomitable in the line with her sister ships the Invincible and Illustrious,public resentment at the scrapping of the previous Ark Royal in 1980, led the Navy to announce thet the name would be revived on the new ship.The unfinished Ark Royal was reportedly offerd for sale to the Royal Australian Navy in 1981. HMS Invincible was offered instead.
She is currently the flagship of the active fleet.
As you can see she is having work done on her, as all the ships were.
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Comments


mohikan22 12 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 9:07AM
very informative and a nice sharp picture.
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goso 10 2 1 Australia
17 Sep 2009 9:22AM
Top pic of this floating arsenal Dave...Bill
17 Sep 2009 9:29AM
lovely color of the sky and water, well done.
17 Sep 2009 9:40AM
Nice shot, served on old Ark Royal which was much bigger than this version.
JG
17 Sep 2009 10:19AM
great colours
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
17 Sep 2009 10:22AM
Was all set to say, my brother-in-law (JG123456) served on the old Ark Royal, but see he's told you that already! This is a well taken shot and I really like the angle and details. A beautiful sky too, which can't be bad!

Ann
Thushari 7 1 Sri Lanka
17 Sep 2009 10:42AM
Great angle and love the sky. well done.
Thushari
morpheus1955 10 3 2 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 10:56AM
Superb image and fascinating narrative, very well taken.

Hugh
jonwebber 8 4 1 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 11:14AM
Great shot, well taken.
jon
17 Sep 2009 11:29AM
What a terrific shot, really well taken.
Peter
videotec 8 8 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 12:33PM
Nice one Dave,Great write-up, she's a beautiful aircraft carrier
Pete
PinkK 7 80 1 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 1:26PM
Such an interesting shot, so much to see
Dusan 7 Sri Lanka
17 Sep 2009 2:20PM
Nice sharp image. well taken.
Dusan
Techno Plus
8 1.9k 8 England
17 Sep 2009 2:57PM
Interesting image and narrative Dave..

Mal
markymook 8 6 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 3:08PM
Very good shot of this great ship...thanks for the write up too.
MalcolmS Plus
11 1.2k 13 England
17 Sep 2009 3:30PM
Some good details Dave

Malcolm
17 Sep 2009 3:36PM
Superb details, Dave, great write up and best viewed large.
Roy
harrattp 9 11 4 England
17 Sep 2009 3:48PM
Well captured David and an informative narrative. Make sure MI5/MI6 don't come looking for you for disclosing state secrets. LOL

Paul
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
17 Sep 2009 4:13PM
What a great capture nd write-up Dave.
Bob
redshank 7 1 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 4:20PM
Very nicely composed image,great write up.
Martin
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
17 Sep 2009 4:48PM
Well captured Dave, good write up

Stace
17 Sep 2009 5:18PM
What a great shot - missed this somehow earlier.

Well taken indeed.

Chris
17 Sep 2009 5:49PM
Great detail and a big thanks for the write up
Very interesting
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 7:10PM
great shot and good intro
danbrann Plus
12 629 17
17 Sep 2009 7:20PM
A super record Dave.
17 Sep 2009 7:21PM
Excellent shot and interesting narrative
David
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 8:00PM
Super shot!
Marilyn x
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
17 Sep 2009 8:07PM
A fine shot of a superb HMS Ark Royal.


Rock
Roly 9 Wales
17 Sep 2009 8:16PM
Nice shot and good write up.
Dave_Holdham 7 4 1 Wales
17 Sep 2009 8:20PM
Great image and write up,
shandoor 7 1 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 9:38PM
Super image with a super write up lovely detail and colours
Alexa
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
17 Sep 2009 9:59PM
recorded very well Dave plus great caption
Dennis
PaulinAus 7 15 Australia
18 Sep 2009 12:26AM
Nice picture Dave,
You should get down to Devonport to see where the real warships are Smile

Paul (Ex CPO)
18 Sep 2009 8:11AM
fantastic capture looking foreward to the rest
hary60 7 2 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2009 9:31AM
Excellent capture of agreat ship. I'm am looking forward to the rest of your series
18 Sep 2009 12:04PM
Really interesting shot very colourful with nice composition. Excellant write up. Thanks.

Jim.
tigertimb 9 40 66 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2009 5:43PM
Great shot with excellent detail and even in dock you can see her colouring blending with the sea and sky
Tim
iancam 8 23 England
20 Sep 2009 7:21AM
Great shot Dave of a great ship,
Ian
cantona43 Plus
11 924 4 England
21 Sep 2009 2:59PM
fantastic shot of a fantastic ship Dave
Neil
JohnH37 10 1 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2009 6:22PM
Excellent
-John
21 Sep 2009 10:21PM
Wonderful information about ARK ROYAL and excellent image. Gary
Phil_Nunez 7 21 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2009 10:29PM
Excellent capture and really enjoyed reading the info, thanks
Regards
Phil
Bowline 9 28 England
25 Oct 2010 12:07PM
Lovely shot of this Iconic vessel. I am still spitting feathers that we will soon not have an Ark Royal; maybe even no Navy at all before much longer!
JA

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