And with that we're bringing our live coverage of Illustrious's final journey out of Portsmouth to an end.
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The ship towed out of Portsmouth today was the fifth to bear the name Illustrious.
The first HMS Illustrious was launched in 1789 and was a 74-gun battleship which fought in the French Revolutionary Wars. She was damaged during the Battle of Genoa in 1795.Copyright: Getty Images
Former crewmen Steve Wardman (left) and Dave Smith share their final thoughts about HMS Illustrious.
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The Invincible-class HMS Illustrious was decommissioned at a service at Portsmouth Naval Base two years ago.
Lady Sarah Chatto, daughter of Princess Margaret who launched the ship in 1978, was at the dockside event with hundreds of veterans as the White Ensign was lowered for the final time.
It was a spectacular celebration of a ship that had served in conflict zones around the world for 32 years.
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One of HMS Illustrious's last operations was to help with relief efforts for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Phillipines in 2013.
It diverted from patrolling for pirates off the coast of Somalia and took on board 500 tonnes of aid in Singapore.
HMS Illustrious was much better equipped for handling large quantities of aid and its helicopters were able to reach devastated isolated communities which had received very little aid.
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In July 2006, HMS Ilustrious played a key role in evacuating British nationals from Lebanon amid continued fighting between Israeli and Hezbollah forces in the south of the country.
RAF Chinook helicopters were used to ferry evacuees on to HMS Illustrious which acted as a command centre in the Mediterranean from where they were then flown on to British bases in Cyprus.
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HMS Illustrious returns home to Portsmouth on 25 March 2002 after serving almost seven months in the Gulf.
It had spent a further four months at sea than her planned deployment due to the terrorist attacks of 11 September.Copyright: PA Chris Isom
Former First Sea Lord and first commanding officer of HMS Illustrious described his pride as Portsmouth said farewell to HMS Illustrious.
Admiral Sir Jock Slater said: "It was a great honour to be appointed as the first captain of HMS Illustrious. I have many, many happy memories.Copyright: PA
"I'm very said indeed to see the last of the three invincible class ships going to the scrapyard.
"Most of us hoped that the government's intention to go for a maritime heritage preservation of the ship would come to pass."
Dave Smith was Chief Stoker on HMS Illustrious, deployed in troublespots including Sierra Leone and Bosnia.
Along with old shipmates Pete Gilbert, Paul Bush and Steve Wardman, they've all "done a few miles" on Lusty and came down to see off the ship.Quote Message: It's sad but they'll never take away the memories we have. We worked hard and played hard. It was a big part of all our lives. from Dave Smith Former Chief StokerCopyright: BBC
So many people feel a connection to Illustrious - even people who didn't serve on board.
Sue and David Newland are down walking their dog and told me they remembered waving the ship off to the Falklands in 1982 - on their son's third birthday.Copyright: BBCQuote Message: We felt we had to be here to wave it goodbye. It's sad - she's been part of Portsmouth. from Sue and David Newland
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There may have been no saluting sailors on the flight deck or any white ensign flying, but the former HMS Illustrious could still draw the crowds for one last time.
There was no flag waving, no cheering, but hundreds watched in quiet reflection as she sailed out of Portsmouth on her final journey to a scrap yard in Turkey.Copyright: BBCCopyright: BBC
Our reporter Stephen Stafford has just taken this lovely shot of HMS Illustrious as she leaves Portsmouth.Copyright: BBC
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HMS Illustrious is slowly making her way out of Portsmouth Harbour.
The crowd snakes its way along the seafront here in Portsmouth - only the lap of the waves on the shore can be heard as everyone watches quietly.Copyright: BBCCopyright: BBC
(Skip to about 17 minutes to see her come into view).