Lusty rededicated

CEREMONY MARKS HMS ILLUSTRIOUS MILESTONE'A colourful ceremony marking the return to the Navy's fleet of helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious following a �40m upgrade has taken place at sea.'The re-dedication ceremony took place in the ship's hangar while she was off the UK coast - a rare occurrence among Navy ships as most similar ceremonies take place in the ship's home port.''HMS ILLUSTRIOUS Rededication ceremony.'Today HMS ILLUSTRIOUS held a rededication ceremony whilst at sea off the coast of the UK.  The ceremony was held in the hangar with all of the ships company present in their best uniforms.  Normally a ship coming out of refit has their rededication ceremony, followed by Operational Sea Training.  However HMS ILLUSTRIOUS has done things differently.  Her Operational Sea Training was brought forward by 3 months which she completed last week.  It is quite fitting that she held her rededication at sea; her first dedication also took place at sea whilst sailing south to the Falkland Islands back in 1982

CEREMONY MARKS HMS ILLUSTRIOUS MILESTONE'A colourful ceremony marking the return to the Navy's fleet of helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious following a �40m upgrade has taken place at sea.'The re-dedication ceremony took place in the ship's hangar while she was off the UK coast - a rare occurrence among Navy ships as most similar ceremonies take place in the ship's home port.''HMS ILLUSTRIOUS Rededication ceremony.'Today HMS ILLUSTRIOUS held a rededication ceremony whilst at sea off the coast of the UK. The ceremony was held in the hangar with all of the ships company present in their best uniforms. Normally a ship coming out of refit has their rededication ceremony, followed by Operational Sea Training. However HMS ILLUSTRIOUS has done things differently. Her Operational Sea Training was brought forward by 3 months which she completed last week. It is quite fitting that she held her rededication at sea; her first dedication also took place at sea whilst sailing south to the Falkland Islands back in 1982

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A CEREMONY marking the return to the fleet of helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious following a £40m upgrade has taken place at sea.

The re-dedication was held in the ship’s hangar while she was off the UK coast – a rare occurrence among navy ships as most similar ceremonies take place in the ship’s home port.

It involved the entire 700 ship’s company, with several hymns provided by the ship’s volunteer band. In keeping with naval tradition the ceremony concluded with the cutting of a rededication cake by the youngest sailor on board. Performing the honour was 18-year-old Chef Lewis Steel.

The ship emerged from a 16-month refit in Scotland in June during which she was converted to the helicopter carrier role.

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