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HMS Ark Royal - Launch - 20 JUNE 1981 HMS Ark Royal was the former flagship of the Royal Navy. One of three Invincible class aircraft carriers she was affectionately known as The Mighty Ark. Her keel was laid by Swan Hunter at Wallsend on 7 December 1978 and she was launched on 20 June 1981 and completed in 1985. Most photographs and images in this set are taken from the Swan Hunter Collection held by Tyne and Wear Archives Service. Ref: TWAS:ds-swh-4-ph-5-109-31

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The mighty Ark Royal begins her final voyage... heading to a Turkish shipyard to be turned into tin cans

The new HMS Ark Royal at the Swan Hunter shipyard in June 1981 after being launched by the Queen Mother

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HMS ARK ROYAL

Men at Work - Mauretania by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, via Flickr. Boiler room after the conversion to oil burning, 1921. RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most famous ships ever built on Tyneside.

HMS Cornwall is pictured receiving stores by Merlin helicopter from HMS Ocean in the Gulf of Aden. Vertical Replenishment or Vertrep is a quick and convenient way of resupplying a ship at sea.