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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1980
Total Production: 3
Origin: United Kingdom
Parent System: Invincible
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1980
Total Production: 3
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Description: Invincible is a class of three anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft carriers built for the Royal Navy between 1977 and 1985. These ships are conventionally powered by four Olympus gas turbines which gives a top speed of 30 knots. Her ski-jump fitted at the forward end of the flight deck allows for short take off of Harrier fixed-wing aircraft. SH-3 and EH101 helicopters and Sea Harrier V/STOL aircraft form the tactical aircraft wing operating from these ship.

HMS Invincible the lead ship of the class saw combat in the Falklands in 1982. HMS Invincible was decommissioned on 3 August 2005. The other two remaining ships should be decommissioned before 2012 and 2015 when the first and second CVF aircraft carriers are expected to be commissioned by the Royal Navy.

HMS Ark Royal underwent a £20 million two-year high-tech upgrade in Rosyth that added to the ship: better aviation facilities; BOWMAN command and control system; Scot 5 for better satellite communications; electronic charting and a towed sonar decoy system for defence against submarines. In addition the Ark Royal also gained capability for the British Army's Apache helicopters and an outstanding futuristic-looking mast. The ship returned to her homeport in Portsmouth (UK) in late October 2006. HMS Ark Royal is fitted with Phalanx gun systems instead of Goalkeeper.

Invincible Specifications

Crew: 1,089
Troops: 960
Beam: 36 meter (118 foot)
Length: 210 meter (689 foot)
Total Combined Power: 98,000 shp (73 MW)
Top Speed: 14.4 mps (28.0 knot)
Full Displacement: 22,000 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Invincible News

There are 5 news between
28 Apr 2009 and 14 Jul 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014Merlin Mk2 Submarine Hunting Helicopter Enter Service with Royal Navy
Wednesday, December 15, 2010Royal Navy to Withdraw from Service HMS Illustrious and Four Remaining Type 22 Frigates
Tuesday, October 19, 2010United Kingdom Releases its Strategic Defence and Security Review
Wednesday, July 21, 2010Royal Navy Ships to Receive MSSR 2000 I IFF
Tuesday, April 28, 2009Thales Signs Royal Navy Electronic Warfare Support Contract

Operators & Related Equipment

United Kingdom3

Grand Total 31
Combat Aircraft
AH-64D Apache Longbow
Sea Harrier F/A.2x8
Defensive Weapons
Protection Systems
Mk 15 Phalanx Block 1Bx3
Support Aircraft
SH-3 Sea Kingx12

Invincible Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
R05 HMS Invincible-19802009
R06 HMS Illustrious-19822014
R07 HMS Ark Royal-1985Dec 2010

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