Royal Navy aircraft carrier and Falklands flagship sold for scrap after botched auction fails to find a buyer
Mukesh Patel, chairman of Shree Ram Shipping, confirmed the news and said: ‘We are now waiting for response from the government agencies who will proceed with the deal.
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‘If everything happens as per the procedure we will be towing the ship from Mumbai, where it is presently docked, to Alang Ship Breaking Yard.’
Falklands veteran HMS Hermes was handed over to India in April 1986 in a deal worth around 65m. She was decommissioned in March 2017.
HMS Hermes pictured in the Royal Navy during the 1970s
Gosport maritime expert and retired Lieutenant Commander Mike Critchley said: ‘I’m not surprised by the fact they didn’t get any bids for it because once anyone starts to look at hermes messenger bag replica
the costs to keep an aircraft carrier afloat safely, it’s massive.
‘You need very deep pockets indeed. It’s big sums of money. We have tried it in this country quite a few times. The Belfast, which is on the Thames in London, is a cruiser and needs a lot of money every year to keep her there.