10 Sep '12, 2pm

MOD sets out future of Invincible Class carriers

"We would be keen to seek innovative proposals from a range of organisations, including private sector companies, charities and trusts. "HMS Ark Royal, like her sister ships, served this country with great distinction. Retiring her five years earlier than planned was a difficult decision but it was the right one that, combined with her sale, has saved over a hundred million pounds. That has helped the MOD achieve a sustainable and balanced budget for the first time in decades. "The Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth Class carriers and the Lightning II aircraft that will fly off them are among the biggest projects of the now fully funded equipment programme that will see around £160bn spent on equipment and support for our Armed Forces of the future." Preparatory work will be carried out on HMS Ark Royal over the winter to enable her to travel from Portsmouth to Turkey, where...

Full article: http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/EquipmentAn...

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