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Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report

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Aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious will be sold for scrap in spite of efforts to preserve her for the nation as a museum ship, according to reports.

Launched in 1978, Lusty was still being fitted out when the Falklands War broke out in early 1982.

Her sister ship HMS Invincible was rapidly dispatched down south along with strike carrier HMS Hermes, and Lusty relieved Invincible almost as soon as hostilities were over.

Originally built as a proper aircraft carrier, Lusty was modified into a dedicated helicopter carrier after the Harrier jump-jet was withdrawn from British service.

Fast jet carrier operations will resume with the introduction of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of the Royal Navy's two new super-carriers, in 2018.

HMS Ocean, a purpose-built helicopter carrier, is currently the UK's only flat-top warship.

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