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Submit Your Bids for HMS Ark Royal

by John Reed on April 28, 2011

In case you’re on the market for a used aircraft carrier, the Brits have officially posted an advertisement offering up the HMS Ark Royal, former flagship of the Royal Navy, and time is running out to buy. The only problem is you’re going to have to buy her without seeing her for yourself since the last day to sign up to inspect your future aircraft carrier was yesterday. For those of you who did sign up, tours are scheduled at 8:00 AM on May 7 and 8 at Her Majesty’s Navy Base, Portsmouth, UK.

If you’re not quite sure you want to buy the 19,000 “tonne” ship as your pleasure cruiser you can always click on the button to add her to your “wish list” until you make up your mind or save up enough cash from your allowance. I mean, she’s a pretty old ship; you may want to shop around before committing to her. After all, she comes with no weapons or aircraft and the status of her electronics or engines just can’t be confirmed without seeing them for yourself. However, if you absolutely must have an aircraft carrier right this instant, simply click the “add to cart” button and checkout (this actually doesn’t work, I tried).

C’mon guys, hurry up and bid. Does China really need to buy another Western carrier?

And yes, we did cover the pending sale of Ark Royal earlier this year.


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Jeff April 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I'd be surprised if India didn't show some interest in it. They purchased a Russian carrier, like the Chinese did… but there's was effectively held hostage when the russian ship yard doing some of the conversion demanded more money. The Ark Royal would deffinitely serve them well and probably give them a better position in balancing China. India is also a member of the Commonwealth, which I imagine would count for something.


Hale April 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm

India is already building their own Vikrant class carrier, with construction and procurement of carrier based fighters under way. In all honesty, the Ark Royal is fairly outdated by now, even for the Indians.


Jeff April 29, 2011 at 10:53 am

True but there have been significant delays due to the inability of their Naval yard to procure enough material of a high enough grade. At the same time the preceding class of aircraft carriers India was using were of British origin and thus share a higher degree of similar architecture. Even stripped of sensitive material, the Ark Royal's probably been better maintained and upgraded over the years than the Admiral Gorshkov.


Victor April 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm

The material you mentioned was not available for India's stealth destroyers under construction because Russians were delaying it. Finally it was made in India itself and there is no shortage of any material as such for the Aircraft carrier project. The CSL is building it now and the launch of it is going to be by the end of this year. The delay of one year is due to the lack of experience and this is the first Aircraft carrier being build by India, to be followed by another one or two.


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Bill April 29, 2011 at 10:39 am

Maybe Somali pirates will buy it…


asdf April 30, 2011 at 9:54 am

don't they already have one of these? i know they fly harriers off of it…


Guest April 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Did they post it on Craigslist or something?


ew-3 April 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm

The USN should consider buying it and using it as a technology development platform.

Plenty of space for UAVs to land on, put some generators on the hangar deck and try out lasers and rail guns. Etc etc….

Seems like the USN can't do anything for less then a billion or two. Suspect we could get this a lot cheaper.


Guest April 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Yeah but the helm is going to be on the wrong side of the bridge…


Nadnerbus April 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm

We already have plenty of mothballed ships to do that if and when we want to. The Tripoli was used to launch missiles for the ABM missiles to shoot down.


FormerDirtDart April 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Hell, the USS Nassau was decommissioned in the end of March. She's a little older, but she likely requires standard tools instead of metric.


ew-3 April 29, 2011 at 12:15 am

Exactly the realistic thinking needed to make things better.

Wish you were in charge.


TribulationTime April 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm

How many "quasi-carriers" have China?. India have 1. And they had 2. They know about that class of ships and now want bigger one. China need train on helo-carriers for Popular Marines support on Taiwan Invasion (?). She isn´t commonly with any other current weapon I guess.


Hale April 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm

China had over the years gotten four. One is parked in the port of Tianjin as part of a military museum/theme park. Another one is in Shenzhen, also a museum/theme park, but that went bankrupt. The Chinese also aquired an old WWII era Autrailian carrier (aka, one the Brits gave to the Aussies during the war), they studied and scrapped that one. And now they're refurbishing the one Russian one, relaunching it as the Shi Lang soon.

Indian bought one from the Brits in 1986, the vessel itself being launched in 1953. That is going to be decomishoned and replaced by the indigenous Virkrant class carrier.

Both the new chinese and the Indian carriers are very similar to Russian designs, all using Russian-based planes, and ski-jump systems (unless China figures out how to construct a catapult).


Victor April 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Indian design is not similar to Russian in anyway. I don't know how you club China and India together. May be the belief of India siding with the USSR or being part of soviet block kind of mentality. The Indian carrier is said to be a larger version of Cavour. Yes Russian Mig-29K's but also the Indian Tejas aircraft.


Joe April 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Now this a would probably make a really nice top security Prison system parked somewhere out in the Pacific. Turn every square space below the Main deck into Prison Cells, upper O-levels retained for the Security personal and Admin…probably could easily hold 6 – 7000 inmates. Could produce it's own electricity, fresh water and sewer system already in place (with some modifications)… Resupplied by Helo or by barge. So whats it going for anyways? Anybody find that out?


Maxtrue April 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Israel should buy it for obvious tactical reasons.

I assume however that with the deployment of a carrier goes all those other things required for its defense and support.


ben April 29, 2011 at 12:45 am

Because Israel needs to project force thousands of miles to where exactly?
With what carrier aircraft?

Not to mention that any carrier is a disaster waiting to happen without a dedicated escort, while a land base can at least launch its aircraft from a nearby highway in the event of runway damage.


Jay April 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

While that would be fun, Israel has no carrier capable aircraft.

While it could be used to launch helicopters and UAVs, that job can be done by smaller craft and by small countries northwest of Iran.

Israel has good reason for not fielding anything larger than a destroyer anymore.


Victor April 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Useless for Israel, they must invest the money in more subs. Even if it means a single sub.


mitch April 29, 2011 at 10:25 am

mad bid dot com,, nuff said.


gianni deiana May 13, 2011 at 8:50 am

Jee…..you guys 'rrrrrreally into thistuff !Mr Nixon beGUN all this.or was it Herr kissinger?


tbone May 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm

the world is going to hell! last I heard the Aussies didn't have a carrier, maybe they'll buy it.


Craig December 7, 2011 at 4:27 am

We don't want an orphan and we don't have the crew. Mind you if we knew they were going to sell the Harriers for 110 billion we might have…..plenty of POd RN sailors and airmen might want sunnier climes.


Craig December 7, 2011 at 4:28 am

Sorry that was million.


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