The band of The Royal Marines perform next to HMS Illustrious as she sails into her home port of Portsmouth for the final time ahead of being retired next month
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Crowds welcome 'Lusty' for last time

The Royal Navy's helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious has returned to Portsmouth for the final time.

The Royal Navy's helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious has returned to Portsmouth for the final time.

Crowds lined the port to welcome the warship, which will retire after 32 years of service.

The carrier, which has clocked up 898,893 miles on operations, will be replaced by HMS Ocean, which has just received a £65m refit.

Steve Humphrey reports.

  • 22 Jul
  • From the section UK