All aboard the Ark Royal in Gibraltar

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All aboard the Ark Royal in Gibraltar

THE Rock has stepped in to save the iconic British warship HMS Ark Royal from the scrap heap.

The celebrated ship will now become a floating tourist attraction after it was decommissioned in March after 25 years in service.

A Gibraltar-based consortium is planning to bid for the 22,000-ton ship after the Ministry of Defence put her up for sale in Portsmouth.

“Having the last Ark here would be a fitting tribute to her and all the others,” said a
spokesman.

“We know how supportive the British public will be.”

And Mike Critchley, publisher of Warship World magazine, added: “Ark Royal is far too much of a national asset for her to be dragged off for scrap.”

If the bid is successful the aim is to turn the 30-year-old carrier – the fifth Royal Navy ship to bear the name – into an exhibition highlighting the roles of the Navy.

It would provide an added tourism boost to Gibraltar which has a long naval history and saw the third Ark Royal torpedoed just off the coast in 1941.

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