Aircraft carrier and Falklands War veteran HMS Invincible left
Crowds watched this morning as the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible was towed out of
Portsmouth Harbour on her way to a ship breaking yard in . Turkey
The sun shone for her final departure, in marked contrast to the heavy rain that greeted her maiden arrival in
32 years ago. Portsmouth
Invincible played a pivotal role in the Falklands War when her Sea Harrier aircraft, together with those operating from the aircraft carrier Hermes, bore the brunt of the task force's defence against Argentine aircraft in the
South Atlantic. Both ships were considered top priority targets and had either been sunk the recapture of the islands would have been virtually impossible.
She was finally retired by the Royal Navy in September 2010 after spending the previous five years in reserve.
Invincible will end her days at Aliaga, near
, where it will take around eight months to reduce her from a once proud ship to 17,000 tonnes of components and scrap metal. Izmir
Source: Motor Boats Monthly. By Nick Hall. Thursday, 24 Mar 2011