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HMS Illustrious Company members prepare to lower the ships White Ensign for the last time during her decommissioning ceremony on August 28, 2014 in Portsmouth, England. The HMS Illustrious was the last of the Royal Navy's Invincible class aircraft carriers, and is to be replaced by HMS Ocean after serving for 32 years. The ship is to be sold with the condition that the buyer must keep HMS Illustrious in the UK.

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HMS Illustrious Company members prepare to lower the ships White Ensign for the last time during her decommissioning ceremony on Thursday in Portsmouth, England. The HMS Illustrious was the last of the Royal Navy’s Invincible class aircraft carriers, and is to be replaced by HMS Ocean after serving for 32 years

HMS Edinburgh sails to Edinburgh

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Royal Navy aircraft engineers extend the rotor blades on a Lynx helicopter as it prepares for a morning flight onboard HMS Edinburgh during the ship’s farewell tour of the UK heading for Leith. The Royal Navy’s last Type 42 Destroyer will make her very last visit to Edinburgh before she is decommissioned