HMS Illustrious through the years

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She’s clocked up nearly 1,000,000 miles on operations around the globe, and today HMS Illustrious begins her retirement.

The Royal Navy’s helicopter carrier will today make her final entry to Portsmouth Harbour before being decommissioned.

HMS Illustrious. Picture: PO(Phot) Ray Jones

HMS Illustrious. Picture: PO(Phot) Ray Jones

To mark the occasion, The News searched its archives for pictures from Lusty’s long career and produced this video of some of her finest moments.