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HMS York (90), the first of only two York-class heavy cruisers constructed for the RN in the interwar period. Early in the war she saw North Atlantic escort duty, and she saw action with the Home Fleet during the campaign for Norway in 1940 (she was attacked by U-48 but sustained no damage due to a faulty torpedo). After the Norway debacle, she resumed Atlantic escort duties until transferred to the 7th Mediterranean Fleet in August of 1940. In November, she escorted HMS Illustrious during…

Colourised photograph of Royal Navy Heavy Cruiser HMS York in the She’s HMS Exeter’s big sister, being the lead ship of the York Class.

HMS Illustrious and USS Saratoga Indian Ocean cooperation, March 27 to May 6, 1944

HMS Illustrious and USS Saratoga Indian Ocean cooperation, March 27 to May 6, 1944

HMS ILLUSTRIOUS stows her Barracudas and Corsairs after a raid on the Andaman Islands.

HMS ILLUSTRIOUS stows her Barracudas and Corsairs after a raid on the Andaman Islands.

The forward elements of the new core of the British Eastern Fleet, pictured at Trincomalee in February 1944. In the foreground is HMS Unicorn, with the battlecruiser HMS Renown above and HMS Illustrious to the right. The cruiser partially obscured by smoke is either HMS Ceylon or HMNZS Gambia. The fresh arrivals from the Home and Mediterranean fleets have not yet been repainted in Eastern Fleet camouflage.

The forward elements of the new core of the British Eastern Fleet, pictured at Trincomalee in February 1944. In the foreground is HMS Unicorn, with the battlecruiser HMS Renown above and HMS Illustrious to the right. The cruiser partially obscured by smoke is either HMS Ceylon or HMNZS Gambia. The fresh arrivals from the Home and Mediterranean fleets have not yet been repainted in Eastern Fleet camouflage.

The British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (87) at sea in the Indian Ocean between 27 March and 18 May 1944, while operating with the U.S. Navy carrier USS Saratoga (CV-3).

The British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious at sea in the Indian Ocean between 27 March and 18 May while operating with the U.

Illustrious HMS Illustrious cutting through the water at speed to enable aircraft to land on her deck. This WWII photo( taken in the period 1940-1942) was taken just after a Swordfish had made a landing. The deck crew are taking it to the forward lift.

Illustrious HMS Illustrious cutting through the water at speed to enable aircraft to land on her deck. This WWII photo( taken in the period was taken just after a Swordfish had made a landing. The deck crew are taking it to the forward lift.

HMS Illustrious is the second of three Invincible-class light aircraft carriers built for the Royal Navy in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She is the fifth warship and second aircraft carrier to bear the name Illustrious, and is affectionately known to her crew as "Lusty". In 1982, the conflict in the Falklands necessitated that Illustrious be completed and rushed south to join her sister ship HMS Invincible and the veteran carrier HMS Hermes.

The British Ministry of Defence has decommissioned an aircraft carrier and put it up for sale. The Invincible-class HMS Illustrious is currently moored in

HMS Illustrious (87) was the lead ship of her class of aircraft carriers built for the British Royal Navy before World War II.

HMS Illustrious was the lead ship of her class of aircraft carriers built for the British Royal Navy before World War II.

Corsair fighter taking off from the flight deck of armoured aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, off Japan, 1945.

lex-for-lexington: “Corsair fighter taking off from the flight deck of armoured aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, off Japan, ”

HMS Illustrious entering Captain Cook Graving Dock, Sydney on February 11, 1945.

lex-for-lexington: ““HMS Illustrious entering the Captain Cook Graving Dock, Sydney 11 February (Source) ”

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