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Former Royal Navy flagship "to be sold as scrap metal"

HMS Ark Royal sails into Portsmouth for the final time in December 2010 Credit: PA

It's been reported that an announcement is expected in Parliament tomorrow revealing that the former Navy flagship, HMS Ark Royal will be sold as scrap metal for £3million.

The ship was decommissioned in 2010, five years ahead of schedule and has been in Portsmouth harbour ever since.

On the deck of HMS Ark Royal Credit: PA

The light aircraft carrier led the British fleet during the Iraq invasion after leading the fleet in the Adriatic during the Bosnian War.

HMS Ark Royal Credit: PA

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Warship comes home

HMS Ledbury Credit: MOD

Portsmouth-based warship HMS Ledbury will return home today after spending six months working alongside NATO counterparts in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Hunt Class minehunter and her 42 crew sailed in early January.

Since then Ledbury has clocked up 12,000 nautical miles and spent her time operating with NATO's permanent mine countermeasures group helping to clear the Mediterranean of historic ordnance left from the World Wars and more recent conflicts and to conduct a series of exercises.

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