THIS WEEK IN 1971: Ark Royal heads for Mediterranean

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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