Carrier to leave Portsmouth Naval Base after tug mishap

30 Battery 16 Regiment Royal Artillery lead the annual St Georges Day parade through Emsworth town centre. Picture Ian Hargreaves (180463-23)

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DAMAGED HMS Illustrious is set to return to sea following a collision with a tug boat in Norway last month.

The Royal Navy helicopter carrier is scheduled to take part in Nato war games off the Scottish coast in late April.

Illustrious sailed back to Portsmouth in March for repairs after her hull was punctured above the water line in an incident in Norway.

The warship was coming into the port of Harsted during exercises with the Norwegian navy when a tug boat ploughed into her starboard side, leaving two holes in her hull.

It came just nine months after Lusty returned to action following a £40m refit.

The Royal Navy said the vessel’s seaworthiness was not affected and no-one was injured in the incident.

Following repairs at Portsmouth Naval Base, the carrier will head north for Exercise Joint Warrior which sees armed forces from the UK, USA, Germany, Holland, France, Norway, Denmark and Canada training together.

The 10-day exercise is scheduled to take place from April 16 to 26.