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Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious sets sail from Liverpool this afternoon for what might be the last time. “Lusty” as she is affectionately known is expected to slip at around 4pm today.
The 23,000-tonne helicopter carrier has been berthed at the Cruise Liner Terminal on Liverpool’s waterfront since Valentine’s Day.
The last time Illustrious threw down her gangway to the public three years ago, over 8000 people took the opportunity each day to go aboard.
People in Liverpool will get a chance to see onboard Britain's last aircraft carrier this weekend. HMS Illustrious, is docked in the city on what could be her final call.
The ship will be open to the public tomorrow and Sunday.
On Saturday visitors will be able to go onboard from 10am - 4pm and on Sunday from midday to 4pm.
Britain's last aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious has arrived in Liverpool on what could be her final call.
Her visit is to launch the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Battle of the Atlantic, which will take place in the city in May.
Ann O'Connor reports.
Britain's last aircraft carrier, HMS Illustrious, is visiting Liverpool on what could be her final call before withdrawal.
Britain's last aircraft carrier, HMS Illustrious, will visit Liverpool today on what could be her final call before withdrawal.
The ship last visited the city in 2009, to celebrate of 100 years of naval aviation.