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SONAR-BENDER

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Well, even as a sundodger to whom 'Vince' was a superb opportunity target, this is a bit sad.........

[h=1]Is this what the Pride of the Falklands has been reduced to? HMS Invincible turned into metal two-inch commemorative square blocks[/h] By Lee Moran
PUBLISHED: 15:28 GMT, 5 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:43 GMT, 5 April 2012




She was the Royal Navy aircraft carrier that carried a nation into battle.
A hero of the Falklands War, she was a proud veteran of a generation of conflicts spanning the globe - providing support to British troops in Iraq, the former Yugoslavia and beyond.
But HMS Invincible, once the pride of the country's feared fleet, is sadly now a shadow of her former self.

Memories: Tiny remains of the once magnificent 22,000 tonne ship have been turned into commemorative plaques for a select few former crew members



Destroyed: Engineers are currently tearing the vessel, which was decommissioned six years ago, into thousands of one metre square blocks of steel in the Turkish port of Aliaga

And to prove it, tiny remains of the once magnificent 22,000 tonne ship have been turned into commemorative plaques for a select few former crew members.

Engineers are currently tearing the vessel, which was decommissioned six years ago, into thousands of one metre square blocks of steel in the Turkish port of Aliaga.


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She could eventually be recycled into girders for buildings, bridge cables, chairs or even razor blades.
The Ministry of Defence awarded Turkish ship breaking company Leyal the contract to scrap the Invincible in February this year, after an eBay style online auction.

Pride: A hero of the Falklands War, the HMS Invincible was a proud veteran of a generation of conflicts spanning the globe - providing support to British troops in Iraq, the former Yugoslavia and beyond



Warrior: Launched by the Queen in 1977, HMS Invincible was the flagship of Britain's Falklands War campaign

Launched by the Queen in 1977, HMS Invincible was the flagship of Britain’s Falklands War campaign.
[h=3]HMS INVINCIBLE: IN NUMBERS[/h]Built at Vickers Shipbuilding in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

She was laid down in 1973 and entered active service in 1980.

Was due to be sold to Australia for £175 million in 1982 but sale stopped when Falklands War broke out.

Decommissioned in 2005 after 32 years of service.

210 metres long, 46 metres tall and weighed 22,000 tonnes.

560ft long runway and a top speed of 28 knots.

Could carry nine Hawker Harriers and 12 Sea King helicopters

Carried 1,051 people - 726 ship's company and 384 Air Group personnel



Half a million people turned out to welcome her triumphal homecoming in 1982, including the Queen herself.
She was there both as Head of the Armed Forces and proud mother. Prince Andrew was on board as a helicopter pilot.
In March 2011 just 50 turned out on the quayside at Portsmouth to see Invincible off on her final voyage.
The Royal Navy had made no announcement about the farewell and did not even lay on a piper.

It fell to a lone standard-bearer from the Royal British Legion and a few well-wishers to pay tribute.
Leyal engineers have also dismantled several other high profile British naval vessels.
They include Type 42 destroyers HMS Cardiff, HMS Newcastle and HMS Glasgow - at their ship graveyard near the city of Izmir.
The company website boasts that the five hectares of land dedicated to dismantling is capable of handling 100,000 tonnes of shipping a year.

As she was: The HMS Invincible pictured entering her final docking place in the Port of Aliaga, Turkey, in April 2011



Sea power: A line of Sea Harrier FA2 fighters stand ready aboard the HMS Invincible at al-Rashid port in Dubai, 1998, waiting to join Operation Desert Storm


Leyal's breaking yards are located in the industrial heartland of Turkey - next to the steel mills of Aliaga, which melt down high grade steel to be sold on to European manufacturers.
Turkey produces two million tons of steel a year and is the tenth largest steel 'producer' in the world - even though almost all of it comes from scrap.
Blast from the past: 'Vince' pictured as she returned home from the Falklands to a hero's welcome




I've put this in Lil's as I thought there might be one or two comments.........
 
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