HMS Ark Royal's flag being lowered for the last time
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HMS Ark Royal's final farewell

The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal has been decommissioned at a ceremony in its home base of Portsmouth.

The warship was scrapped after 25 years' service as part of the government's defence budget review.

The move leaves the Navy without the capability of launching fixed-wing aircraft until replacements come into service at the end of the decade.

  • 11 Mar 2011
  • From the section UK
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