British warship HMS Invincible put up for auction online
Friday, December 3, 2010
The British warship has been put up for auction online. Invincible, an that served in the , , and Iraq wars, was decommissioned in 2005 after 25 years of service with the . Jon Rosamond, editor of a naval magazine said that it "has been offered by the for non-warlike purposes." No bids have yet been received, but it is thought that it could sell for 2m.
During service, the vessel's fourengines could propel it to a top speed of 28 , with a range of 7,000 . The flight deck carried eighteen fighter jets, and four helicopters. In recent years, however, she has been reduced to reserve. Rosamond said: "Even if someone did want to take it on as a going concern it would never be used as an aircraft carrier again."
The MoD held a decommissioning service for the vessel in in Hampshire, in August 2005. "Pipers played aboard Invincible while it sailed into Portsmouth Naval Base on 1 August for the last time. A gun salute and a flypast also marked the event," Wikinews reported at the time. Bids for the ship must be submitted by early January next year. Naval consultant Richard Scott said that the vessel "certainly carved her name out in history in 1982. But every ship reaches the end of its career and she is at the end of hers.",
- "Ceremony takes place for decommissioned Royal Navy flagship" — Wikinews, August 3, 2005
- "Ex-Navy ship HMS Invincible in website auction" — , November 30, 2010
- "HMS Invincible to be sold for scrap on eBay-style auction website" — , November 29, 2010
- Sean Rayment. "Aircraft carrier HMS Invincible is put up for sale" — , November 28, 2010