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
“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.