THIS WEEK IN 1971: Ark Royal heads for Mediterranean

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Some years before the First World War and everybody is in their Sunday best waiting for ferries on Clarence Pier, Southsea.

Remember when we all dressed in our Sunday best for a day out?

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A pilot’s-eye view of the mighty HMS Ark Royal (43,600 tons), pictured as the ship left Portsmouth Harbour at the start of a Mediterranean deployment this week in 1971.

Members of the ship’s company line the deck and Phantom and Buccaneer aircraft are neatly arrayed in ceremonial order

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