Bidding finally closes in auction for Ark Royal

UP FOR GRABS HMS Ark Royal
UP FOR GRABS HMS Ark Royal

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BIDDING for the Royal Navy’s former flagship HMS Ark Royal has closed.

The aircraft carrier was put up for sale on the MoD’s auction website after becoming a high-profile victim of last year’s defence cuts.

The sale was originally due to finish last month but was extended until yesterday because of the high level of interest.

An MoD spokesman said it would be a couple of months before the winning bid is revealed.

Although Ark Royal, which is at Portsmouth Naval Base, could be sold for its scrap metal, other proposals for it include a commercial heliport in London.

One move could be made to turn her into a nightclub and school in China and other reported plans for the ship include a casino in Hong Kong, a tourist attraction in Gibraltar or for her to be sunk as a diving wreck off Devon.

The sale of Ark Royal follows that of its sister ship HMS Invincible, which was sold to a scrapyard in Turkey earlier this year.