She was the Royal Navy aircraft carrier that carried a nation into battle.
A hero of the Falklands War, she was a proud veteran of a generation of conflicts spanning the globe - providing support to British troops in
Iraq, the former and
But HMS Invincible, once the pride of the country's feared fleet, is sadly now a shadow of her former self.
Memories: Tiny remains of the once magnificent 22,000 tonne ship have been turned into commemorative plaques for a select few former crew members
Destroyed: Engineers are currently tearing the vessel, which was decommissioned six years ago, into thousands of one metre square blocks of steel in the Turkish
And to prove it, tiny remains of the once magnificent 22,000 tonne ship have been turned into commemorative plaques for a select few former crew members.
Engineers are currently tearing the vessel, which was decommissioned six years ago, into thousands of one metre square blocks of steel in the Turkish
She could eventually be recycled into girders for buildings, bridge cables, chairs or even razor blades.
The Ministry of Defence awarded Turkish ship breaking company Leyal the contract to scrap the Invincible in February this year, after an eBay style online auction.
Pride: A hero of the Falklands War, the HMS Invincible was a proud veteran of a generation of conflicts spanning the globe - providing support to British troops in
Warrior: Launched by the Queen in 1977, HMS Invincible was the flagship of
Launched by the Queen in 1977, HMS Invincible was the flagship of
Falklands War campaign. Britain
Half a million people turned out to welcome her triumphal homecoming in 1982, including the Queen herself.
She was there both as Head of the Armed Forces and proud mother. Prince Andrew was on board as a helicopter pilot.
In March 2011 just 50 turned out on the quayside at
see Invincible off on her final voyage. Portsmouth
The Royal Navy had made no announcement about the farewell and did not even lay on a piper.
It fell to a lone standard-bearer from the Royal British Legion and a few well-wishers to pay tribute.
Leyal engineers have also dismantled several other high profile British naval vessels.
They include Type 42 destroyers HMS Cardiff, HMS Newcastle and HMS Glasgow - at their ship graveyard near the city of
The company website boasts that the 5 hectares of land dedicated to dismantling is capable of handling 100,000 tonnes of shipping a year.
HMS INVINCIBLE: IN NUMBERS
Built at Vickers Shipbuilding in
. Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
She was laid down in 1973 and entered active service in 1980.
Was due to be sold to
for £175 million in 1982
but sale stopped when Falklands War broke out. Australia
Decommissioned in 2005 after 32 years of service.
210 metres long, 46 metres tall and weighed 22,000 tonnes.
560ft long runway and a top speed of 28 knots.
Could carry nine Hawker Harriers and 12 Sea King helicopters
Sea power: A line of Sea Harrier FA2 fighters stand ready aboard the HMS Invincible at al-Rashid port in
Leyal's breaking yards are located in the industrial heartland of
- next to the steel mills of Aliaga, which melt down high grade steel to be
sold on to European manufacturers. Turkey
Blast from the past: 'Vince' pictured as she returned home from the
Source: Daily Mail. By LEE MORAN. 5 April 2012