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Warship for sale: Britain is looking for a buyer for its only aircraft carrier

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Warship for sale: Britain is looking for a buyer for its only aircraft carrierOn Tuesday, the needy British troops began searching for buyers for their only remaining aircraft carrier, noting that offers from companies, charities, and trust funds would be considered.


Aging, battered in battles HMS Illustrious - 210 meters in length and 22 thousands of tons in displacement - one of the most famous symbols of the naval forces of Britain. It transported weapons during the Gulf War and was used in the evacuation of British citizens from Sierra Leone.

On Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the UK Department of Defense said that bidders did not have to be British, but the buyer would have to leave part or all of the ship in the UK in order to preserve cultural heritage. How big this “part” should be is not specified.

The attitude of the British Navy to Illustrious is significantly different from the treatment of its brothers-aircraft carriers HMS Ark Royal and HMS Invincible, which were put up for auction in 2011, and later sold for scrap.

The “Industrial Day”, during which the proposals for the future use of the ship will be discussed, will take place next year, and the final decision will be made at the end of 2014, when the aircraft carrier will be withdrawn from service.

The aircraft carrier belongs to the Invincible type, built in 1970-x and 1980-x. Currently, a consortium led by British Aerospace, the largest aerospace company in the UK, is building two new aircraft carriers such as the Queen Elizabeth. Sea trials will begin in 2017 year. Until then, Britain will not have any existing aircraft carrier.

Amid massive cuts in military spending, the replacement of aircraft carriers ignited controversy. The previous Labor government in 2007 gave the green light to the construction of new ships, but costing and stopping the process is preventing the implementation of the program.
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  1. Nevsky_ZU
    Nevsky_ZU 21 October 2013 12: 04
    19
    And offered to China? wassat
    1. fklj
      fklj 21 October 2013 12: 16
      10
      China has already begun to rivet its own. No fools, scrap at the price of an aircraft carrier to buy.
      1. Per se.
        Per se. 21 October 2013 12: 46
        11
        Quote: fklj
        No fools, scrap at the price of an aircraft carrier to buy.
        The Chinese, on the other hand, bought the Varyag aircraft carrier at the price of scrap (in the photo, the moment of towing from the Black Sea through the straits). Plus to the "scrap metal" a package of documentation and sent specialists.
        1. Kars
          Kars 21 October 2013 13: 12
          17
          Quote: Per se.
          at one time, at the price of scrap bought

          How much can this stamp be repeated? At a price 4 times more expensive than scrap metal, and even without taking into account the funds necessary for cutting.

          At the same time, the corps stood there for 5 years, waiting for Russia to buy it, but it stated that it didn’t need it. And it also sold aircraft carriers Kiev and Minsk without complete dismantling of classified equipment (there are questions to Karaulov .. Moment of Truth .. there was almost a whole program)
          1. Per se.
            Per se. 21 October 2013 13: 30
            10
            Quote: Kars
            How long can this stamp be repeated?
            Kars, this is not a cliché, but an illustration of Chinese rationality, to buy an aircraft carrier for $ 20 million at 67% readiness, and, moreover, this is not a "run over" to Little Russia. We will hold out that the cruiser "Admiral Lobov" ("Ukraine") will also be lost to the Russian fleet due to our inertia. I had occasion to communicate with the Chinese on aircraft engines, they will not buy anything at a loss.
            1. Kars
              Kars 21 October 2013 14: 07
              +3
              Quote: Per se.
              and an illustration of Chinese rationality, buy an aircraft carrier for $ 20 million at 67%

              I wouldn’t say that it’s rationality. I just turned up a chance, which is very rare. Moreover, in principle, no one needed the case anymore.
              Quote: Per se.
              "Admiral Lobov

              It’s vryatli. Although I would like millions there for 100 at least. But here the problem of the Russian Federation must give its consent.
          2. Rus86
            Rus86 21 October 2013 13: 39
            +3
            then Russia had those other interests ... more precisely, with individuals at the head of the State ((((
          3. Basarev
            Basarev 21 October 2013 14: 48
            +3
            Still, sorry ruined noses such as Kiev ...
        2. vostok1982
          vostok1982 21 October 2013 13: 46
          +6
          Duc scrap at the price of an aircraft carrier and aircraft carrier at the price of scrap are two big differences.
      2. Alexander Romanov
        Alexander Romanov 21 October 2013 12: 59
        11
        Quote: fklj
        No fools, scrap at the price of an aircraft carrier to buy.

        Well, why not, like Ukraine is going to buy and has already modernized the AN 2 carrier-based fighter laughing
        October 15, Kiev. At Bankova shared the good news. Viktor Yanukovych signed a decree on the modernization of An-2 aircraft to the deck version for the needs of the Ukrainian Navy. CARRIER NAVY BE! - They said in the presidential administration of Ukraine. And this is not a fantasy.

        The fact is that the British military, experiencing financial difficulties, began searching for buyers for the only remaining aircraft carrier,
        azlok.livejournal.com/738536.html

        Although in Ukraine they probably already sell it wassat
        Carriers in Ukraine - compare prices and buy cheap ... - All-Biz
        www.ua.all.biz ›...› Surface warships
        1 offers Carriers in Ukraine, order and buy Carriers from 1 companies at the best price on the AllBiz website.
        1. vanaheym
          vanaheym 21 October 2013 16: 20
          +3
          Quote: Alexander Romanov
          Well, why not, like Ukraine is going to buy and has already modernized the AN 2 carrier-based fighter

          In general, the modernization of the "corn workers" to the Antonov plant was ordered by Russia, as the owner of the largest number of them in the world. Probably they plan to put it on the Mistral, who knows.
    2. Algor73
      Algor73 21 October 2013 12: 54
      0
      "... however the purchaser will have to leave part or all of the ship in the UK ...". So China is not getting through. Interestingly, what are they going to do with the "part"? Leave a monument to a once powerful fleet? Well, then the medieval need to be customized, wooden, the vedic fleet was then one of the best in the world. Yes, Mother Europe is getting old, and memory is no longer all right ...
    3. SkiF_RnD
      SkiF_RnD 21 October 2013 15: 00
      +1
      The first two - "Invincible" and "Arc Royal", were sold to the Turks for scrap. Most likely, they really want to cut something like a museum. It's BRITISH fellow
    4. Reasonable, 2,3
      Reasonable, 2,3 21 October 2013 19: 25
      +1
      If that they have Abramovich take away a yacht for an aircraft carrier.
  2. a52333
    a52333 21 October 2013 12: 04
    +3
    The Hindus will buy it. It’s unlikely that anyone will need it anymore. China and we ourselves will build without snotty.
    1. klimpopov
      klimpopov 21 October 2013 12: 06
      +7
      Even the Indians will not take it. What the hell is he?
      1. Basarev
        Basarev 21 October 2013 14: 51
        +1
        But Invisible carriers are just doves of the world without an air wing. Of the armament, there are only 3 anti-aircraft guns
        1. MilaPhone
          MilaPhone 21 October 2013 15: 16
          +6
          Comparison of sizes: "Senator John Stennis" class "Nimitz" and HMS Illustrious class "Invincible".
          1. UVB
            UVB 21 October 2013 19: 25
            +3
            He looks very modest in comparison with "Kuznetsov".
    2. Letun
      Letun 21 October 2013 16: 31
      -11 qualifying.
      I think that the Indians have already regretted 100 times that they contacted our "Admiral Gorshkov" aka "Vikramaditya". So it is unlikely that they will climb the same rake again.
      1. Misantrop
        Misantrop 21 October 2013 16: 39
        +7
        Quote: Letun
        I think that the Indians have already regretted 100 times that they contacted our "Admiral Gorshkov" aka "Vikramaditya".
        IMHO just the opposite. Where else would they have it repaired so many times as they were trying to master it? Any other manufacturer would have fused it, and then fix it for bad money, for "not a warranty case." And here they rush with them for a year ...
  3. Saharok
    Saharok 21 October 2013 12: 09
    +4
    Yes ... Briton crushed =))) the sea power has already reached the Aircraft Sales.
    Horatio Nelson rolled over in his coffin. =)
    1. SkiF_RnD
      SkiF_RnD 21 October 2013 15: 14
      +3
      Moreover, the British are building two new aircraft carriers at once ("Queen Elizabeth"), the first of which will be used for 3 years as a helicopter carrier, after which it seems to be mothballed or sold (! belay ?) And only the second of the aircraft carriers seems like a couple of years without an air group, and then it’s armed with the F-35C ... These are the things.
      1. andrei332809
        andrei332809 21 October 2013 15: 50
        +5
        Quote: SkiF_RnD
        Moreover, the British are building two new aircraft carriers at once

        let them be called a titanic
      2. Basarev
        Basarev 16 November 2013 21: 44
        0
        A bearer without an air group? This is even funnier than an armed icebreaker.
    2. Basarev
      Basarev 16 November 2013 21: 43
      0
      The golden man was Horatio Nelson. This is the one who actually cried for his homeland.
  4. Zhenya
    Zhenya 21 October 2013 12: 10
    +8
    Goodbye Great Britain. drinks We will "mourn" for you.
    1. ivshubarin
      ivshubarin 21 October 2013 12: 13
      22
      Even without aircraft carriers, they are not bad at stirring up water. The main schemers of the world
      1. queen
        queen 21 October 2013 12: 15
        +7
        Quote: ivshubarin
        Even without aircraft carriers, they are not bad at stirring up water. The main schemers of the world

        Not they personally .... the Yiddish-Masons are a threat to humanity.
      2. Onyx
        Onyx 21 October 2013 12: 22
        +4
        Quote: ivshubarin
        Even without aircraft carriers, they are not bad at stirring up water. The main schemers of the world

        The main tool for their influence is the US Federal Reserve.
        1. ivshubarin
          ivshubarin 21 October 2013 12: 24
          +1
          I would not be surprised if the problems of the United States are connected with the work of their loyal "allies" Brita.
          1. Onyx
            Onyx 21 October 2013 12: 37
            0
            Quote: ivshubarin
            I would not be surprised if the problems of the United States are connected with the work of their loyal "allies" Brita.

            Well it is. In 1913, the United States again fell under British rule.
            1. ivshubarin
              ivshubarin 21 October 2013 12: 54
              +1
              The Britons love to fight with the wrong hands. But there’s no fools anymore, even the USA doesn’t want to
              1. Onyx
                Onyx 21 October 2013 13: 01
                +4
                Well yes. They themselves have high morale when they are with machine guns, and their opponents with spears
                1. queen
                  queen 21 October 2013 15: 22
                  +1
                  Quote: Onyx
                  when they are with machine guns, and their opponents with spears

                  in years, probably in 6-7 I shot from Kalash. Now my daughter is taught how to manage an iPhone.
                  1. Dima67
                    Dima67 21 October 2013 17: 01
                    0
                    Quote: regin
                    in years, probably in 6-7 I shot from Kalash.
                    I am at 12 years old, 7.62 raptures knew no bounds
    2. Vasia kruger
      Vasia kruger 21 October 2013 12: 39
      +3
      Quote: Marrying
      Goodbye Great Britain. drinks We will "mourn" for you.


      no, we will not))))
      1. Basarev
        Basarev 21 October 2013 14: 52
        +1
        So let’s drink so that as many Royal Navy ships as possible take an example from Invisible!
    3. bistrov.
      bistrov. 21 October 2013 14: 27
      +3
      "Great Britain" said goodbye even after the First World War. On inertia, they stretched out for another fifty years. Now from the huge conglomerate, which once occupied almost half of the world, there is only one "pshchik" left. Therefore, the aircraft carriers are being sold. Not by the "senka hat". But the petty essence remained forever. This cannot be taken away.
      1. Hudo
        Hudo 21 October 2013 16: 03
        +1
        Quote: bistrov.
        Not by "senka hat". But the petty essence remained forever.

        More likely not according to Juan sombrero. laughing
      2. VasiliyK651
        VasiliyK651 21 October 2013 16: 08
        0
        Why is the "petty essence"? Ordinary pragmatism in foreign policy: "... England has no eternal allies and permanent enemies - her interests are eternal and constant. Our duty is to protect these interests ...." (British Prime Minister Henry John Temple Palmerapon. 1858) So the same, and with aircraft carriers: the last time to protect their colonies, these British ships were used in the Falklands conflict.
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  5. ivshubarin
    ivshubarin 21 October 2013 12: 22
    +5
    Redeem for fun. Use as target
    1. Vasia kruger
      Vasia kruger 21 October 2013 12: 38
      0
      how ironic it is))))
      1. ivshubarin
        ivshubarin 21 October 2013 12: 55
        +2
        And call it Great Britain and then flood
        1. ivshubarin
          ivshubarin 21 October 2013 14: 54
          +3
          Only first plunge our London oligarchs into this barge
    2. Basarev
      Basarev 21 October 2013 14: 54
      +2
      A similar story happened after World War II, when the Japanese battleship Nagato became a trophy of the Americans and was destroyed in 1946 during nuclear tests on the Bikini Atoll.
  6. Standard Oil
    Standard Oil 21 October 2013 12: 37
    0
    Is money bad in the Sultanate, or is it a common practice?
  7. chunga-changa
    chunga-changa 21 October 2013 12: 38
    +1
    however, the buyer will have to leave part or the whole ship in the UK in order to preserve the cultural heritage

    The masters of "how to sell" could not resist, and then a small gesheft out of the blue.
  8. Silkway0026
    Silkway0026 21 October 2013 12: 45
    +6
    Fine!!!

    We are waiting for similar announcements from the USA ... they have more serious problems and more aircraft carriers)))
  9. DEfindER
    DEfindER 21 October 2013 12: 47
    +4
    Yes, they can’t even make a full-fledged museum out of it, the crisis really crushed the campaign. Although we have no better, from the ships of museums only Aurora, everything that was created in the Soviet era, either for scrap or abroad .. Eh, at least one Orlan would be turned into a museum for the sake of posterity, so that they knew what the USSR was and what it was capable of ..
  10. rudolff
    rudolff 21 October 2013 12: 54
    +4
    One old sell, two new build. Good sale! In addition to the new aircraft carriers in the construction of fresh series of nuclear submarines, destroyers, frigates.
  11. Migari
    Migari 21 October 2013 13: 04
    +3
    During our time, the Minister of Defense was replaced, otherwise Serdyuk would have taken him, but what, can you imagine how many grandmas could be snatched here, how tomographs are bought from us.
  12. Santa Fe
    Santa Fe 21 October 2013 13: 10
    +1
    Multipurpose submarine type "Estiut"
    The most modern multipurpose submarine project to date
    - 2 boats in service ("Embush" brand new - accepted in March 2013)
    - 4 under construction (the fourth of those under construction, "Agamemnon" was laid in July 2013)
    in 2015 the laying of the seventh ship of the project - "Ajax" is expected



    ... The boat rushes to the other side of the Earth at a speed of 500 miles per day. Freshwater and oxygen are produced directly by the Estate from sea water, and the only reason to appear on the surface every three months is a change of crew and replenishment of food supplies. The boat’s design has introduced many innovative solutions, it is invisible and inaudible to the enemy, instead of the usual periscope - a multifunctional mast in cameras, thermal imagers and a laser range finder. The British are proud to report that the Estuity, even without leaving the base, is able to follow the movement of the Queen Elizabeth II liner along the entire route from London to New York.

    The main arguments of the super-boat are 6 TA 533 mm caliber ammunition and 38 torpedoes and cruise missiles "Tomahawk".
    1. Onyx
      Onyx 21 October 2013 13: 29
      +2
      The plot about the submarines of the type of Estate
    2. Basarev
      Basarev 16 November 2013 21: 54
      0
      Ash-trees are as much as two knots faster - the underwater speed of the Estate is only 29 knots, and that of Ash-tree is 31 knots. The maximum immersion depth of the Estate is 300 meters, and that of Ash-tree 600 is twice as much!
  13. Santa Fe
    Santa Fe 21 October 2013 13: 21
    0
    Daring-class air defense destroyer
    there are no analogues in the world (and this is not an ordinary nonsense from the Russian defense industry and Mr. D. Rogozin)

    - 2 radar with AFAR - centimeter SAMPSON and decimeter S1850
    - SAM with active guidance of the Aster family
    - full electric movement (FEP)





    The British have a lot to learn

    Since 2003, Her Majesty's fleet has been replenished with 6 destroyers of a new type - the last, HMS Duncan was accepted into the Royal Navy on September 26, 2013

    Her Majesty's battle dragon. HMS Dragon Squadron (D35)
  14. Dwarfik
    Dwarfik 21 October 2013 13: 24
    +1
    Kind! I would not be surprised if Ukraine sold us "Ukraine", they buy this vessel.
  15. Kibalchish
    Kibalchish 21 October 2013 13: 26
    +2
    The right decision ... to drown for a coral reef am
  16. andrei332809
    andrei332809 21 October 2013 13: 37
    0
    that Westerners are all impetuous impoverished. so soon they will be left without conventional weapons, and they cannot live without wars. it turns out that these homosexuals will solve the following conflicts with the help of a nuclear club, and this is not good.
    1. ivshubarin
      ivshubarin 21 October 2013 13: 59
      0
      Nuclear weapons are even more expensive, there are options with spears, bows
  17. andrei332809
    andrei332809 21 October 2013 13: 46
    +8

    this pity is handsome crying
  18. ochakow703
    ochakow703 21 October 2013 13: 59
    +3
    They sang a funeral song directly to the English fleet. Have you looked into your zagashnik for a long time? There, in general, half of the dishes can be put on needles. I think that in their cunning and pragmatism they are not much inferior to the Chinese.
    1. ivshubarin
      ivshubarin 21 October 2013 14: 04
      +1
      So Britain is the queen of the seas. They and the anthem are reflected
      1. Orchestrarant
        Orchestrarant 21 October 2013 15: 17
        +3
        DUK she is the queen of the seas, not oceans! laughing There are not many seas around the island! wink
  19. starhina01
    starhina01 21 October 2013 14: 42
    +3
    however, the buyer will have to leave part or the whole ship in the UK in order to preserve the cultural heritage \. completely insolent .. and eat the fish and .ui sit soldier
  20. Alekseir162
    Alekseir162 21 October 2013 14: 44
    +1
    On Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the UK Department of Defense said that bidders did not have to be British, but the buyer would have to leave part or all of the ship in the UK in order to preserve cultural heritage. How big this “part” should be is not specified.

    This is like give us money for the boat, only he will remain with us. Why then who needs it? Although, let them try to turn to Abramovich, he has long been sponsoring the kingdom.
  21. Goodmen
    Goodmen 21 October 2013 14: 53
    0
    Quote: Alekseir162
    Although, let them try to turn to Abramovich, he has long been sponsoring the kingdom.


    Instead of a yacht, a warship ...)))))) it's cool, even for oligarchs))))
    ... but in general I immediately remembered Serdyukov with his Mistrals)))) before the British had to move, clicked on the topic)))))
  22. xomaNN
    xomaNN 21 October 2013 16: 50
    0
    The British bite their elbows that the late Berezovsky did not buy this rarity. Now except that Abramovich vtyuhayut bully
  23. AIR-ZNAK
    AIR-ZNAK 21 October 2013 17: 42
    0
    The wealthy are mostly pragmatic about their capitals. So, on the announced terms, no one will buy the aforementioned ship. On other conditions, they will think.