HMS Illustrious

HMS Illustrious

Postby brianh » Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:58 pm

Illustrious is due to leave Portsmouth 7 December 2016 in tow for the breakers at Aliaga in Turkey.
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Re: HMS Illustrious

Postby Dennis Maccoy » Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:45 pm

Illustrious, almost complete, leaving the Tyne for delivery and following her final visit to the river.
Illustrious, 15 June 1982A_2_1.jpg
At Walker a few days before delivery, 15 June 1982
Illustrious, 18 June 1982A_1.jpg
Delivery voyage, 18 June 1982 - the commissioning ceremony took place in the hangar as we sailed down the North Sea,
Illustrious, 18 June 1982B_1.jpg
Delivery voyage, 18 June 1982
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Sailing after her final visit to the Tyne, 3 March 2012.
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Sailing after her final visit to the Tyne, 3 March 2012.
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Re: HMS Illustrious

Postby Tynesider » Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:45 am

She sadly arrived at her final resting place of Aliaga Turkey yesterday in tow from the Augustea's tug Eraclea
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Re: HMS Illustrious

Postby Dennis Maccoy » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:47 am

Illustrious at Portsmouth on the evening of 31 July 1987. The pillar visible at the starboard aft corner of the quarter deck is the lower part of additional structure added (at the rush and possibly over-cautiously!) to carry recoil forces from the Phalanx fitted on the flight deck. The remainder of the structure, fitted internally, included a similar pillar through the middle of the XO’s cabin – leading to an adjacent cabin being also co-opted for the XO’s use, giving him a day cabin and sleeping cabin. The pillar on the quarter deck was still there on Illustrious’ final visit to the river in 2012 despite the Phalanx subsequently being replaced by Goalkeeper on a sponson on the port quarter – I’ve often wondered whether the pillar was ever removed from the XO’s cabin!
Illustrious, 31 July 1987 _3_1.jpg
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Re: HMS Illustrious

Postby Whickham » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:59 am

Sounds as though the XO had an interest in getting and keeping the pillar.
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Re: HMS Illustrious

Postby Patrick Hill » Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:24 pm

Seen at Portsmouth 28/06/2016.

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Re: HMS Illustrious

Postby Whickham » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:33 pm

I wonder why all the scaffolding? They must have known by then that she was to be broken up.
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Re: HMS Illustrious

Postby Dennis Maccoy » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:41 pm

Removing bits that they didn't want the scrapman to have.
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Re: HMS Illustrious

Postby Whickham » Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:15 am

Yes, I wondered about that, but there's a lot of activity at the stern end of the flight deck.
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Re: HMS Illustrious

Postby Dennis Maccoy » Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:56 pm

Refitting at Portsmouth on 29 August 1998, including fitting of an extension to the flight deck.
Illustrious, Portsmouth, 29 August 1998 (1)_1.jpg
Illustrious, Portsmouth, 29 August 1998 (4)_1.jpg
Illustrious, Portsmouth, 29 August 1998 (5)_1.jpg
Illustrious, Portsmouth, 29 August 1998 (6)_1.jpg
Illustrious, Portsmouth, 29 August 1998 (7)_1.jpg
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