The picture: HMS ILLUSTRIOUS - July 2011
The Royal Navy's upgraded aircraft carrier HMS ILLUSTRIOUS returned to Portsmouth - 7th July 2011.
HMS Illustrious returned to her Portsmouth home after completing a £40m maintenance and upgrade programme in Scotland.
The 22,000 tonne ship, affectionately known as Lusty, was in the Rosyth dockyard in Fife for 16 months where she underwent modifications to turn her into a helicopter and commando carrier capable of carrying a force of up to 20 helicopters and 600 fully kitted out personnel. Since leaving Rosyth on June 18 ILLUSTRIOUS has been undergoing sea trials off the UK coast. She will carry out further tests off the south coast before returning to the RN fleet at the end of this month. (Picture Crown Copyright/MOD 2011 - picture taken by LA (Phot) Nicky Wilson).