hms illustrious - ah yes, when the UK had an aircraft carrier. These good all days!

defensesitrep: Now retired HMS Illustrious with a USMC air wing aboard, same situation can happen with the new QE class carriers.

The new British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth

The new tonne aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The largest warship ever commissioned by Britain's Royal Navy and the second to bear the name Queen Elizabeth.

Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll.    The 3rd Royal Navy ship to bear the name, she is also the 3rd of the Royal Navy's Duke class frigates and was commissioned on 30 May 1991.

The Royal Navy ship to bear the name, she is also the of the Royal Navy's Duke class frigates and was commissioned on 30 May

HMS ARK ROYAL

Old Brown Shoe Navy on

“Iconic view of HMS Ark Royal, her and Air Group leaving a port on her last cruise,

River Class Patrol Vessel HMS Mersey of the Fishery Protection Squadron is pictured at sea near Portsmouth.

The River-class patrol vessel HMS Mersey is pictured at sea near Portsmouth. Agreement has been reached on construction of three large patrol vessels to replace the River-class vessels for the British Navy.

Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Sutherland with a Merlin Helicopter Overhead by Defence Images, via Flickr

Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Sutherland with a Merlin Helicopter Overhead by Defence Images, via Flickr

Plymouth Dockyard and he didn't at first spot the 55,000 ton aircraft carrier... Marriage, Misery and the Mediterranean :  'Seaballs' : A Story by Bob Le Vaillant  bob@levaillantowen.com

Royal Navy, the Audacious-class aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal Britain’s final conventional catapult and arrested-landing carrier to ever see service, a concept they pioneered.

The Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer, HMS Defender.

Picture of the HMS Defender Defender represents the fifth of six Type 45 guided missile destroyers entering service with the British Royal Navy.

British Royal Navy aircraft carrier with 2 control towers!

Throughout most of the Cold War period, France maintained two aircraft carriers.

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