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HMS Invincible sold to Turkish ship recycling firm

Turkish scrap company Leyal Ship Recycling has been chosen as the preferred bidder to recycle decommissioned aircraft carrier HMS Invincible, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed.

Estimated to be worth £2m in scrap, the 10,000 tonnes of steel will be towed and dismantled during eight months, once the necessary approvals and licences to export the ship have been granted.

A MoD spokesman said: “After 25 years of service, HMS Invincible was decommissioned nearly six years ago. Having reached the end of her distinguished career, it is right that we secure a good financial return for the taxpayer. The bid from Leyal Ship Recycling does this and also ensures she is disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.”

Leyal Ship Recycling has previously recycled Royal Navy vessels, which included Type 42 destroyers Cardiff, Newcastle and Glasgow and RFA Oakleaf.

HMS Invincible has been docked in Portsmouth Naval Base since leaving the Royal Navy in 2005. But last year, the MoD offered her for sale on its bid website called e-disposals.com. Bids were restricted to recycling within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and 12 bids were made.

HMS Exeter, Southampton and Nottingham are currently for sale on e-disposals.

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