Aircraft Carrier For Sale

By: AP
By: AP

LONDON -- For sale: one aircraft carrier, slightly used.
Britain put the mothballed carrier Ark Royal up for sale Monday on a military auction website.
The former flagship of the Royal Navy was decommissioned this month, four years ahead of schedule, as part of defense spending cuts. Bidders have until June 13 to make an offer. No minimum price was set.
The government sold another carrier, HMS Invincible, which was bought for its metal and towed to a Turkish scrap yard.
The Ark Royal could be sold for scrap, but there has also been a proposal to park it on the Thames river as a heliport.
Britain is reducing the army by 7,000 soldiers and slashing billions from its defense budget as part of deficit-reducing cuts.

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  • by wood Location: badger on Apr 1, 2011 at 09:19 AM
    seeing as the U.S. has 11 super carriers in service, the keel laid for a 12th and 3 others on the way, it does seem that anyone allied with them may be deciding they have a reduced need for the mind bogglingly expensive things......
  • by Jeff Location: Haslett on Mar 28, 2011 at 03:46 PM
    Considering that approx. 50% of global defense expenditures are by the United States, perhaps we could follow that example to start bringing our spending and deficits under control. It sickens me that we short change American tax payers in regards to social services so that we can drop mulit-million dollar bombs all over the world. Sad set of priorities that we have as a nation.
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