HMS INVINCIBLE Seems Bound For Scrapyard
Former lead aircraft carrier listed alongside other military surplus...
Sitting incongruously amongst items such as desert jackets and combats, one aircraft carrier for sale.
HMS INVINCIBLE has been listed on the edisposals website and you too can add her too your 'wishlist' before checking out your shopping cart.
Whether you would want to is another matter, for, we are sorry to say, you are going to have one useless lump of scrap on your hands.
Only suitable for tow, engines removed and her generator and pumps are said to be 'unserviceable or not working'
The listing is indicative of a sale that will most certainly not permit her to be a fighting ship...or indeed a ship again. She has been cannibalised to such an extent that in old fashioned parlance she has been 'reduced to a hulk'.
You can guarantee this piece of history, once the pride of the Royal Navy, will soon be little more than little pieces of history.
You have until the 5th of January if you think you can do something worthwhile with her! However it would seem from reading all the relevant documents pertaining to her sale, it is scrapping that is the objective as far as the MoD is concerned. And with scrap values at around $450 per ton these days, it seems unlikely anyone is going to want to 'do her up' when they can profitably 'do her in'...
The listing as it appears in edisposals...
Sale by Tender - HMS Invincible
HMS Invincible is for sale by tender. Laid down in 1973 at Vickers Shipbuilding, Barrow-in-Furness, she was completed in 1980. She is currently stable for tow, subject to buyer confirmation.
Displacement - Current 17000 Tonnes
Estimated metal weight - 10000 Tonnes
Estimated metal % - 95% mild steel
Length - OA 210m, W/L 193m
Draught - Fwd 5.2m, Mid 5.8m, Aft 5.8m
Beam - Extreme 35m, Ex-walkways 32m, W/L 27.53m
Height - 46m (estimated at current draught
Engines - Removed
Generators and Pumps - Generally unserviceable or not working