HMS Illustrious returns to Portsmouth for the last time

HMS Illustrious returns to her Portsmouth home for the last time on Tuesday (July 22) as her 32-year career draws to a close.

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HMS Illustrious hands over duties to HMS Ocean

HSM Illustrious has sailed into her home port of Portsmouth for the final time.

In the waters of the Solent, HMS Illustrious and HMS Ocean sailed alongside each other.

HMS Illustrious and HMS Ocean Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Ocean will now go forward as the Royal Navy’s helicopter landing platform and HMS Illustrious will be retired after 32 years of service.

HMS Illustrious hands over duties to HMS Ocean Credit: Royal Navy

Final homecoming for HMS Illustrious

HMS Illustrious arrives in Portsmouth Credit: ITV Meridian

The Royal Navy's last serving aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious makes her final entry into Portsmouth Harbour after 30 years in the fleet.

She is retiring earlier than many expected and her duties will be taken on by the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean.

Illustrious could be saved for the nation rather than being scrapped.

The MoD have asked for bids from people wanting to take her on.

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HMS Illustrious set to return home to Portsmouth for last time

HMS Illustrious returns to Portsmouth for the last time later Credit: ROYAL NAVY

HMS Illustrious returns to her Portsmouth home for the last time this afternoon as her 32-year career draws to a close.

The Navy’s helicopter and commando carrier, which has clocked up 898,893 miles on operations throughout the world, is being withdrawn from service.

She is 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 refit.

HMS Illustrious returns to Portsmouth for the last time

HMS Illustrious Credit: ROYAL NAVY

HMS Illustrious returns to her Portsmouth home for the last time tomorrow as her 32-year career draws to a close.

The Navy’s helicopter and commando carrier, which has clocked up 898,893 miles on operations throughout the world, is being withdrawn from service.

She is 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 refit.

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