HMS Illustrious (1982) CVS (5th)

This the current HMS Illustrious is the second of three Invincible Class (1980) aircraft carriers and the fifth ship of the name.

She was built at Swan Hunter on the Tyne, launched 01-Dec-1978 and commissioned in 1982.

She commissioned just too late to serve in the Falklands War but went south to relieve HMS Invincible as the Argentineans refused to sign any formal documents ending the conflict, after the Islands had been retaken and their forces on the Islands surrendered. 

Took part in the Trafalgar 200 Fleet Review.

Began a refit at Rosyth 01-Feb-2010 which was completed 19-Jun-2011. During this she was converted to a helicopter carrier due to disbanding of the UK's Harrier Force in a Defence review 2010. Able to carry 20 helicopters and 600 troops.

After trials which began Jun-2011 rejoined the fleet as a helicopter carrier.

The ship's motto is "Vox Non Incerta" meaning "No Uncertain Sound".


Other HMS Illustrious
- 1st HMS Illustrious
- 2nd HMS Illustrious
- 3d HMS Illustrious
- 4th HMS Illustrious
- 5th HMS Illustrious

- Invincible Class (1980) CVS
- Specifications
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This page last edited - 19 January, 2013.

Copyright Ian M King, except where otherwise indicated.