hms illustrious - ah yes, when the UK had an aircraft carrier. These good all days!

defensesitrep: Now retired HMS Illustrious with a USMC air wing aboard, same situation can happen with the new QE class carriers.

Image shows assault craft with Royal Marines embarked exiting the stern of HMS Albion during amphibious operations off North Carolina, USA.

HMS Albion Deploys Royal Marine Assault Craft by Defence Images.

The new British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth

The new tonne aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The largest warship ever commissioned by Britain's Royal Navy and the second to bear the name Queen Elizabeth.

Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll.    The 3rd Royal Navy ship to bear the name, she is also the 3rd of the Royal Navy's Duke class frigates and was commissioned on 30 May 1991.

The Royal Navy ship to bear the name, she is also the of the Royal Navy's Duke class frigates and was commissioned on 30 May

HMS ARK ROYAL

“Iconic view of HMS Ark Royal, her and Air Group leaving a port on her last cruise,

HMS Nottingham Type 42 destroyer  ©Crown Copyright http://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/wordpress/reflecting-on-the-life-and-times-of-the-type-42-destroyers    Reflecting on the life and times of the Type 42 destroyers

Reflecting on the life and times of the Type 42 destroyers

Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Sutherland with a Merlin Helicopter Overhead by Defence Images, via Flickr

Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Sutherland with a Merlin Helicopter Overhead by Defence Images, via Flickr

Plymouth Dockyard and he didn't at first spot the 55,000 ton aircraft carrier... Marriage, Misery and the Mediterranean :  'Seaballs' : A Story by Bob Le Vaillant  bob@levaillantowen.com

Royal Navy, the Audacious-class aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal Britain’s final conventional catapult and arrested-landing carrier to ever see service, a concept they pioneered.

September 17, 1982 - Aircraft carrier HMS Invincible (R-05) returning from the Falklands/Malvinas War.

HMS Invincible returns victorious after Falklands War

British Royal Navy aircraft carrier with 2 control towers!

Throughout most of the Cold War period, France maintained two aircraft carriers.

HMS Ark Royal, taken from a Merlin HM1 whilst the ship and squadrons were building up for a Joint Warrior exercise. The Four Harriers had just recovered back on the deck after a low level mission through Wales.

HMS Ark Royal, taken from a Merlin whilst the ship and squadrons were building up for a Joint Warrior exercise. The Four Harriers had just recovered back on the deck after a low level mission through Wales.

RFA ARGUS was built as a roll-on, roll-off container ship and converted for use in the Royal Navy in 1984. 12 Harrier jump jets can operate off of her deck. She served in the Falklands War and as a Primary Casualty Recovery Ship during the First Persian Gulf War.

RFA ARGUS (featured in the movie World War Z as the US air craft carrier)

Submarine - Various UK Ministry of Defence Photos.

Astute Class nuclear attack submarine HMS Ambush, Royal Navy, UK.

Sister ships briefly rendezvous in the med.Type 45 destroyers HMS Defender (foreground) conducts a handover with HMS Diamond (rear) in the coastal bay of Akrotiri in Cyprus.

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