Looks like Invincible is off to Turkey

drewfester

Lantern Swinger
#1
Found on MSN India


Chinese bid for UK aircraft carrier fails
KJM Varma
Beijing, Feb 2 (PTI) A Chinese businessman has said he failed to win the bid to buy a junked British aircraft carrier put for auction in December last year despite offering double the expected price, claiming that his offer was turned down due to "political reasons".

Lam Kin-bong a UK-based Chinese businessman from south China''s Guangdong Province offered five million pounds (USD 8.02 million), more than double the expected price, but still did not win the bid because the British authority said he "failed to provide all the necessary information."
The light aircraft carrier HMS Invincible was decommissioned in 2005 and was stripped of engines and weapons. The 17,000-ton hull was sold on Disposal Services Agency, an online auction platform under the UK Ministry of Defence, Shanghai Daily reported.

"I feel quite disappointed because I planned to turn the warship into a floating international school on the coast of Guangdong," Lam, 48, told the Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po newspaper.

A Turkish ship recycling factory won the bid at a price Lin said was far lower than his.

Lam who runs a restaurant chain in Birmingham said he would continue bidding for other decommissioned warships on the online platform.

Wen Wei Po said many suspected Lam failed the bidding due to "political reasons." But Lam said his intention was purely commercial.

"My intentions are purely commercial and have nothing to do with the military. We convert it into an international school to help foster communication and cultural ties between China and Britain," he said.

China till has no aircraft carrier and it is currently refurbishing an aircraft carrier bought from Ukraine in 1998, which will be its first such vessel.

The aircraft carrier had served for 28 years in naval campaigns including conflicts in the Falklands, Iraq and the Balkans. The 500-metre-long warship could carry 22 warplanes and nearly 1,100 sailors.
 
#2
From the latest Maritime Books newsletter:

The carrier INVINCIBLE is to be towed from Portsmouth naval base on Thursday morning (24th March) for scrap in Turkey. Quite a crowd are expected to wave her goodbye from the Round Tower at Old Portsmouth. Exact timings will doubtless be on the Queens Harbour Master Portsmouth's web site the day before.
 

T-H

Badgeman
#3
Considering what happened to the Varyag (the half-built ex-Soviet carrier the Chinese bought on a strict non-military use contract, which was painted PLAN grey the moment it got to China and is supposed to be nearing sea trials) I'm not surprised the Chinese bid was rejected.

Be a shame to see Invincible go though.
 
#4
From the Pompey News:
HUNDREDS of people are expected to turn out to see HMS Invincible make her final journey tomorrow. The aircraft carrier, which famously served in the Falklands War, will be towed out of Portsmouth Harbour at about 8am. She is heading to a Turkish scrapyard to be broken up and recycled.

Large numbers are set to turn out at the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth to say a final farewell to the ship, including members of The Invincible WO’s & CPO’s 82 Association...
 
#13
From the Pompey News:
HMS Invincible left Portsmouth this morning on her way to be scrapped in Turkey. Dozens of veterans turned out to see the aircraft carrier make her final journey...

Ironically, Invincible will pass Libya on her journey, where many defence experts say Britain needs an aircraft carrier to enforce the no-fly zone...
Perhaps not "need" but wouldn't it have made life easier (and cheaper and much more effective) if we'd had a properly tooled-up carrier to deploy as a contingency when Cameron first mooted the proposal for a No Fly Zone in the House of Commons on 28 Feb?
 
#15
Oops! Got my 'carriers' mixed up
Wouldn't be the first time.

DSC, Bosun's mate, Illustrious '84/85 long morning. The Hand Over includes an incident of 4/5 stokers returning from a run ashore who couldn't find their station cards on the after gangway. QM suggested they come back up in the morning to recheck and sends them below to get their heads down.
5 mins later they return: "Err, this isn't Invince is it?"

Safe guard gen dit no shit
 
#16
Wouldn't be the first time.

DSC, Bosun's mate, Illustrious '84/85 long morning. The Hand Over includes an incident of 4/5 stokers returning from a run ashore who couldn't find their station cards on the after gangway. QM suggested they come back up in the morning to recheck and sends them below to get their heads down.
5 mins later they return: "Err, this isn't Invince is it?"

Safe guard gen dit no shit
On a similar note our WO(RS) on the Invince in 90 openly admitted going on the Lusty by mistake, not only did he do that, he also got to the MCO and ask where the Chief Spaker was!
 
#17
On a similar note our WO(RS) on the Invince in 90 openly admitted going on the Lusty by mistake, not only did he do that, he also got to the MCO and ask where the Chief Spaker was!
Ha ha :)

Just before I joined Illustrious in '83, they had had families day. Whilst parked at Middle Slip taking onboard guests, a crowd of tourists who had finished wandering around the Victory looked across and saw a queue of people going onto Illustrious. Now being British, they saw a queue and felt obliged to join it :) thinking that she was open for visitors too. They got a bit of a surprise when she sailed. Apparently the Old Man made a pipe to welcome them on-board when they made themselves known and were well fed and watered in the hanger.
That probably made their holiday visit to Pompey and good PR for the Navy too. Not too sure of their friends would believe the story when they got home though.
 
#19
Poor turnout but I am sure I spotted the old CPO MEA.

A retired senior officer was heard to say regarding the SDR , 'They have not got a f’n clue – all complete tossers'.
 
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