Last weekend I took the chance to see HMS Illustrious as ahe docked in Liverpool. The visit by Illustrious acted as a taster for the major celebrations taking place at Liverpool’s waterfront over the weekend of May 24 to 27 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.
The famous Liverpool waterfront buildings
Remembering Britain and The States 1944 - United at War
HMS Illustrious moored at the dockside
Following the retirement of her fixed-wing Harrier II aircraft in 2010, Illustrious now operates as one of two Royal Navy helicopter carriers. She is the oldest ship in the Royal Navy's active fleet and it is envisaged that she will be withdrawn from service in 2014 (after 32 years' service) and will not be replaced until HMS Queen Elizabeth is commissioned in 2016.
affectionatly known as Lusty
HMS Illustrious contruction started in October 1976 and she launnched on December 1st 1981
The UK Ministry of Defence announced that once she is decommissioned in 2014, Illustrious will be preserved for the nation.