Officer backs Lusty plans

British military dog Mali who has received the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross with his current handler Corporal Daniel Hatley

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THE former commanding officer of HMS Illustrious has backed plans to turn the ship into a tourist attraction in Hull.

As previously reported, the northern city is looking into turning the Portsmouth-based aircraft carrier into a museum and events venue based on the river Humber after it is decommissioned in 2014.

Vice Admiral Bob Cooling said: ‘It’s exactly what Hull needs and it’s exactly what the whole region needs.’