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  • 9 May 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    Great Britain is looking to sell its 2014-decommissioned light aircraft carrier for scrap. The Ministry of Defence has issued a notice of the potential sale of the HMS Illustrious “for recycling only”. Illustrious was commissioned into the Royal Navy in December 1977 and has clocked in 32 years of service for the Navy. Ministry of […]

  • 27 November 2013
    Training & Education

    HMS Illustrious tops up her fuel tanks ready for her arrival in the Philippines. The Portsmouth based amphibious helicopter carrier met with Australian tanker HMAS Sirius in the South China Sea roughly halfway through the 1200 nautical mile journey between Singapore and the Philippines. HMS Illustrious had left Singapore the previous day after loading around […]

  • 30 December 2012
    Training & Education

    HMS Illustrious has arrived at the Mediterranean island of Malta for a five-day visit. More than 1,500 sailors and marines lined the deck of the Portsmouth-based helicopter carrier as she entered the port of Valletta. As well as an onboard reception for the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the ship will be holding an affiliation […]

  • 15 November 2012
    Industry news

    A task response group of the Royal Navy is going to visit Malta between 19 and 23 November, writes the Malta HMS Illustrious that will be berthed at Pinto Wharf in Grand Harbour, will be joined by HMS Bulwark, RFA Mounts Bay and MV Hartland Point.  All ships have deployed to the Mediterranean for […]

  • 28 August 2014

    After a 32-year career, the last of the Royal UK Navy’s Invincible Class aircraft carriers decommissions in Portsmouth.   Having sailed over 900,000 miles on operations across the globe, including helping with the aftermath of the first Gulf War, HMS Illustrious has been decommissioned at a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base. The ship’s white ensign […]

  • 11 November 2013

    HMS Illustrious, part of the Response Force Task Group deployed on Cougar 13, has participated in Exercise Omani Cougar. During the six day exercise around 20 sailors were given the opportunity to switch ships for the day to experience how their Omani counterpart’s ships operate and get a chance to engage with sailors, to share […]

  • 1 July 2014

    HMS Illustrious will sail into the River Forth on Wednesday (July 2) in support of the naming ceremony for the new carrier.   HMS Queen Elizabeth will be named by Her Majesty The Queen on July 4 at Rosyth Dockyard where she is currently in build. Helicopter carrier Illustrious – or Lusty as she is […]

  • 18 December 2013
    Training & Education

    The Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral Philip Jones CB, has visited HMS Illustrious in Singapore. “I am immensely proud of what you have all achieved together.” The Fleet Commander met HMS Illustrious on arrival in Singapore to offer his thanks for the Portsmouth based amphibious helicopter carrier’s contribution to the humanitarian aid effort in the Philippines. […]

  • 21 November 2012
    Training & Education

    More than 1500 sailors and marines lined the deck of the Portsmouth-based helicopter carrier as she entered the port of Valetta. As well as an onboard reception for the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the ship will be holding an affiliation event for representatives from Maltese cities – Senglea, Vittoriosa and L’Isla. The helicopter carrier […]

  • 25 November 2013

    HMS Illustrious departed Singapore en route to the Philippines on Friday, November 22. During 48 hours alongside Sembawang naval shipyard in Singapore, over 500 tons of disaster relief aid was loaded into the hangar by the men and women serving in HMS Illustrious, a team from the Department for International Development (DFID), and the embarked […]

  • 6 May 2013
    Training & Education

    Three Royal Navy warships will sail up the River Thames this week for the start of a six-day visit to London. All three vessels are in the capital to support events surrounding the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest military campaign of the Second World War. It will be an emotional […]

  • 7 December 2016

    Royal Navy’s former aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious will leave Portsmouth one final time today and sail for the scrapyard after 32 years of service with the Royal Navy. Sailors on board HMS Queen Elizabeth and public at the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth will bid farewell to the aircraft that they affectionately called Lusty. The UK government […]

  • 19 June 2012
    Training & Education

    A Portsmouth-based Royal Navy engineer, described as the heartbeat of HMS Illustrious and HMS Ark Royal, has been awarded the MBE. Warrant Officer 1st Class Marine Engineering Mechanic John ‘Whiskey’ Walker, 50, of Portsmouth, is currently serving on board aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious with the job of training the entire ships company in fire fighting […]

  • 3 January 2014

    The Portsmouth-based helicopter carrier, HMS Illustrious has passed through the Suez Canal and is steaming her way across the Mediterranean for her delayed return home, since she was diverted to the typhoon-hit Philippines for relief operations. The warship has 3,600 miles to go before she arrives home later this month and has completed two-thirds of […]

  • 18 April 2012
    Training & Education

    The Royal Navy helicopter and commando carrier, HMS Illustrious, has joined one of the largest military exercises in Europe. The exercise, which includes participants from the UK, USA, Germany, Netherlands, France, Norway, Denmark and Canada, will take place between April 16 and 26 and is designed to develop the ability of aircraft, warships and submarines […]

  • 22 July 2014

    HMS Illustrious has returned to her Portsmouth home for the last time.   The Navy’s helicopter and commando carrier, which has clocked up 898,893 miles on operations throughout the world, is being succeeded by HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy’s larger, younger and more capable helicopter carrier which has just returned to service following a £65 million […]

  • 15 February 2013
    Training & Education

    HMS Illustrious arrived in Liverpool on Wednesday for the start of a five-day visit to the city. It brings a welcome opportunity for Lusty – as she is affectionately known – and her ships company to experience the city and the warm welcome the Royal Navy always enjoys from the people of Merseyside. The last […]

  • 18 July 2014

    The last of the Invincible class carriers, HMS Illustrious, will make her final entry into Portsmouth on Tuesday 22 July. After a career spanning 32 years, the Royal Navy’s helicopter and command platform is being withdrawn from service.   Illustrious is succeeded by HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy’s larger, younger and more capable helicopter carrier, […]

  • 23 July 2014

    In a symbolic gesture the UK’s outgoing helicopter carrier has handed over duties to her successor.   In the waters off the south coast HMS Illustrious and HMS Ocean met yesterday morning and the baton of protecting the nation’s interests handed between the two. The two ships steamed side by side, in the company of the […]

  • 23 August 2016

    The British Ministry of Defence has confirmed the sale of HMS Illustrious light aircraft carrier to Turkish company Leyal Ship Recycling for around £2 million. It is anticipated that the former Royal Navy flagship will leave her base in Portsmouth for Turkey in the autumn of this year, ahead of the arrival of the first of the […]

  • 5 November 2013
    Training & Education

    UK and US personnel took the chance to cross decks and swap ships as their vessels met up in the same waters off the coast of Oman. HMS Illustrious, part of the UK’s Response Force Task Group deployed on Cougar 13, and the USS Boxer planned the encounter at sea south of Salalah. USS Boxer […]

  • 15 August 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The plans to turn the Royal UK Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious into a tourist attraction in Hull received support from MP Alan Johnson.   Johnson is leading the political campaign to preserve the HMS Illustrious as a heritage attraction, working with colleagues on the Humber and the Tyne. He is addressing the pressing need to secure the future of […]

  • 19 December 2013
    Training & Education

    “Visiting a Japanese ship off the coast of the Philippines was an unexpected surprise.” An officer from HMS Illustrious has completed a short exchange visit with the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force. Acting Lieutenant Commander Joseph Currin , from Southampton, represented the Royal Navy on board the Japanese Ship Ise, a Hyuga-Class Helicopter Destroyer during […]

  • 26 June 2014

    Royal UK Navy helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious has just paid a routine visit to Lisbon, at the cruise terminal, Jardim do Tabaco, after completing Exercise Deep Blue.   Exercise Deep Blue was an Anti-Submarine Warfare exercise involving surface, submarine and air participants from the UK, France and the Netherlands. It included 9 Merlin Mk2 helicopters […]

  • 16 October 2013
    Training & Education

    The MoD is looking for ideas for how best to preserve the legacy of the Royal Navy’s Invincible class aircraft carriers. The last of the ships, HMS Illustrious, is due to retire in late 2014 after 32 years of distinguished service that has seen her involved in operations across the world. Following the announcement last […]

  • 13 December 2013
    Training & Education

    Royal Navy amphibious helicopter carrier, HMS Illustrious, has been thanked by senior members of the Philippine government in Manila as the ship completes her task of supporting the disaster relief mission following Typhoon Haiyan. HMS Illustrious has been in the Philippines since 25 November delivering aid supplies and providing ‘hands on’ help to many Filipinos […]

  • 26 November 2013
    Training & Education

    Helicopter and commando carrier HMS Illustrious has arrived in the Philippines to begin to deliver humanitarian aid provided by the Department for International Development (DfID). HMS Illustrious will take over from HMS Daring which has been distributing aid and assisting villagers in remote communities on islands to the north east of Panay for the past […]

  • 10 December 2012
    Training & Education

    During a recent stopover in Malta, personnel from HMS Illustrious presented a copy of her predecessor’s Second World War damage report to local historians. Service personnel from the current HMS Illustrious (RO6) recently visited the Malta Maritime Museum where they donated a copy of the damage assessment report to Heritage Malta for them to maintain […]

  • 31 May 2012
    Industry news, Training & Education

    The crew of the helicopter and commando carrier HMS Illustrious celebrated her 30th birthday in style on May 30 with a ceremonial parade in the presence of the ship’s sponsor Lady Sarah Chatto and former commanding officers including the current First Sea Lord. HMS Illustrious was commissioned in a ceremony at sea in June 1982 […]