H.M.S. Pylades, The Last of Her Class


Prominent among the naval patrols that England sends to police the southern seas and guard the island fringes of the Empire, making the while their headquarters in Port Jackson, is the HMS Pylades, now on another cruise among the British possessions and protectorates in Oceania. Peculiar interest attaches to this vessel, because she is absolutely the last of the barque-rigged craft, of which the British Navy once possessed so many. Read more about H.M.S. Pylades, The Last of Her Class

HMS Illustrious takes final bow

HMS Illustrious arriving home.

After a 32-year career, the last of the Royal Navy's Invincible Class aircraft carriers decommissions in Portsmouth.

Having sailed over 900,000 miles on operations across the globe, including helping with the aftermath of the first Gulf War, HMS Illustrious has been decommissioned at a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base.

The ship’s white ensign was lowered for the final time in front of hundreds of guests, ending an era which began with the launch of her sister ship HMS Invincible in 1977. Read more about HMS Illustrious takes final bow


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