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HMS Ark Royal arrives in Portsmouth
HMS Ark Royal Launch

On this Day 1 November 1985

Published: 01 Nov 2012

HMS Ark Royal (RO7) was commissioned 1 November 1985 in Portsmouth. Launched 20  June 1981 at the Swan Hunter yard Wallesend, she was the third and last in the Invincible class.

She was decommissioned 11 March 2011 following the 2010 Strategic Defence Review.

Image of HMS Ark Royal Launch, courtesy  Tyne and Wear Museums.


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