Ark Royal was launched on the River Tyne in 1981, entered service in 1985 & decommissioned in 2011.
Today HMS Ark Royal left her home port of Portsmouth, not under power but towed by sea-going tugs.
The destination of this once fine ship is Aliaga in Turkey where it will be broken up for scrap metal.
Although it was a second career choice of mine as a young man, I never served in the Royal Navy. However, many sailors past & present, local residents & passers-by lined the edges of Portsmouth harbour to wave farewell. There was many a tearful eye.
Once Ark Royal was clear of the harbour I hurried up the nearby Spinnaker Tower to get a better view as it disappeared into the distance.
A very moving experience.