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HMS Ark Royal

HMS Ark Royal

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HMS Ark Royal

HMS Ark Royal encompasses the history of the aircraft carrier in one name. There have been four aircraft carriers named Ark Royal. All of which had led remarkable careers and have become iconic and famous British carriers. The first was a seaplane tender built in 1914. She spent the First World War in the Eastern Mediterranean and played a key role in the Dardanelles Campaign. After being renamed HMS Pegasus she was eventually scrapped in 1949. The second Ark Royal is the legendary and iconic one built in 1938 by Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, Merseyside, England. She was the first modern purpose built aircraft carrier in the world. During the Second World War she played a vital role in the Norwegian Campaign, chase of the Bismark and the Malta Convoys. Sadly she was sunk in 1941. The third Ark Royal was the famous postwar Fleet Carrier HMS Ark Royal built in 1950 also by Cammell Laird. With her sister ship the HMS Eagle she was one of Britain's two only postwar Fleet Carriers. She was famous for starring in the BBC's Sailor programme in the 1970s. Sadly this famous aircraft carrier was scrapped in 1980. She was Britain's last large fleet carrier. Finally there is today's HMS Ark Royal which is the last of the "Invincible" class Light Carrier. She was built by Swan Hunters in Newcastle in 1978 and launched in 1981. In 2003 she played a key role in the current Iraq War. She is expected to remain in service until at least 2015 when she will be replaced by the new giant carriers "Queen Elizabeth" and "Prince of Wales". These will be Britain's first large fleet carriers since the postwar Ark Royal was scrapped in 1980. Thus the Ark Royal is one of the most iconic RN names ever and encompasses the story of the aircraft carrier and Britain's pioneering role in their development. Thus the legendary Ark Royal name and those famous aircraft carriers deserve to be an Icon of England.

Alex Naughton

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