32 years of se­nior ser­vice

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The Royal Navy war­ship was the fifth to be named Il­lus­tri­ous

At 690ft, it weighed 22,000 tons, equal to 1,740 dou­bledecker buses Top speed: 35mph Crew: 685 Spent 32 years in ser­vice – com­mis­sioned June 1982, de­com­mis­sioned Au­gust 2014

Com­ple­tion brought for­ward to be rushed into Falk­lands War. Also de­ployed in Afghanistan, Bos­nia and Sierra Leone con­flicts

Dis­tance trav­elled: Over 100,000 miles, equal to four times round the globe

Air­craft car­ried: Har­rier jets un­til 2010; then up to 22 he­li­copters, in­clud­ing Apache and Chi­nook

In 2013 it took 500 tons of re­lief aid to Philip­pines af­ter ty­phoon Haiyan

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