HMS Ark Royal (R09) was an Audacious-class aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy and, when she was decommissioned in 1979, she was the Royal Navy's last remaining conventional catapult and arrest-landing aircraft carrier.

She was the first aircraft carrier to be equipped with the angled flight deck since its commission, although her sister ship, HMS Eagle, was the Royal Navy's first aircraft carrier to be equipped with such a system (after modification in 1954)

The aircraft carrier name HMS Ark Royal has a personal meaning to me, as my late grandfather served on the previous aircraft carrier carrying the name HMS Ark Royal, when she was torpedoed and sank by a U-boat in 1941 (he survived)


A FEW FACTS  

Displacement:

36,800 tons (as built)

43,060 tons 53,950 tons full load(1978)

Length:

804 ft (245 m)

Beam:

112 ft (34 m) (as built)

171 ft (52 m)(1978)

Draught:

10 m (33 ft) standard

9.5 m (31 ft) deep

Propulsion:

8 Admiralty 3-drum boilers in 4 boiler rooms

4 sets of Parsons geared turbines, 4 shafts

Power: 152,000 shp (113,000 kW)

Speed:

31.5 knots (58.3 km/h)

Range:

7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h)

5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km) at 24 knots (44 km/h)

Complement:

2,250 (2,640 inc. air staff)

Sensors and

processing systems:

After 1970:

Type 974 Navigation Radar

2 x Type 965 Long Range Air Search Radar

Type 963 Carrier Controlled Approach Radar

Radar types 986 used in sync with 965,987x2 Fwd and aft hight finding ,993 Medium range all E/F band radars

Armament:

As built:

16 × 4.5 inch (113 mm) guns (8 × 2)

52 × 40 mm Bofors  (6 × 6, 2 × 2, 12 × 1)

1969 refit: none

Aircraft carried:

As built: 50

38 after 1967–1970 refit



We have teak decking that was salvaged when she was decommissioned and dismantled, plus a few other materials from from this, one of the most famous aircraft carriers 
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