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HMS Ark Royal


One of Great Britain's last big carriers, the previous Ark Royal was laid down in May 1943, launched May 1950 but was not completed until 1956 to revised/modernised plans. Displacement 45,000 tons, Dimensions 804 feet x 135 feet x 33 feet, Speed 31 knots, Armament 60 Aircraft, 16 x 4.5 guns, 8 x 6 Barrelled 40mm Bofors, 2 x twin barrelled mountings, 12 x single mountings.
Taken out of service 1978.


Photographed Plymouth 1980.

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