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HMS Ark Royal under construction at Swan Hunters Shipyards


HMS Ark Royal(Wikipedia) was the former flagship of the Royal Navy. One of three Invincible class aircraft carriers she was affectionately known as The Mighty Ark. Her keel was laid by Swan Hunter at Wallsend on 7th December 1978, she was launched on 20th June 1981 and completed in 1985. Major deployments included the Bosnian war (1993) and the invasion of Iraq (2003). More recently, she assisted in the repatriation of air travellers stranded by the 2010 volcanic eruption.

Most photographs and images in this set are taken from the Swan Hunter Collection held by Tyne and Wear Archives Service.



HMS Ark Royal - under construction - 13th March 1979

HMS Ark Royal - under construction - 13th March 1979





HMS Ark Royal - 7th JULY 1980

HMS Ark Royal - 7th July 1980





HMS Ark Royal - 20th October 1980

HMS Ark Royal - 20th October 1980





HMS Ark Royal - 10th March 1981

HMS Ark Royal - 10th March 1981





HMS Ark Royal - 6th May 1981

HMS Ark Royal - 6th May 1981





HMS Ark Royal - Launch - 20th JUNE 1981

HMS Ark Royal - Launch - 20th June 1981





HMS Ark Royal - Fitting out - 27th September 1983

HMS Ark Royal - Fitting out - 27th September 1983





HMS Ark Royal - 30th January 1984

HMS Ark Royal - 30th January 1984





HMS Ark Royal - 27th April 1984

HMS Ark Royal - 27th April 1984





HMS Ark Royal - Leaving the Tyne for the first time on trials 19th October 1984

HMS Ark Royal - Leaving the Tyne for the first time on trials 19th October 1984





HMS Ark Royal - 16th March 1985

HMS Ark Royal - 16th March 1985





HMS Ark Royal - Final sea trials - 13th April 1985

HMS Ark Royal - Final sea trials - 13th April 1985




HMS Ark Royal - R07 outbound from the Port of Tyne, North East England on 28th February 2010. Videoed from Western Quay, North Shields. From Steve Ellwood's YouTube Channel





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