The Ark Royal, built at the old Swan Hunters shipyard in Wallsend, is to be sold as scrap metal. An announcement in Parliament is expected tomorrow to give full details of the £3m deal for HMS Ark Royal. The Ministry of Defence described the decision as "difficult but necessary".
There have been about 12 bids for the former Royal Navy flagship since she was decommissioned in 2010 as part of the coalition government's cuts to the defence budget.
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