UK: HMS Illustrious

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UK: HMS Illustrious
UK: HMS Illustrious [File photo]

HMS Illustrious is the second of three Invincible-class light aircraft carriers built for the Royal Navy in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She is the fifth warship and second aircraft carrier to bear the name Illustrious, and is affectionately known as "Lusty" to her crew. The vessel just missed the Falklands Conflict, but was deployed to Iraq and Bosnia in the 1990s and to Sierra Leone in 2000. An extensive re-fit in 2002 meant that she missed the Iraq War, but she was finished in time to assist British Citizens trapped by the 2006 Lebanon War. She will be replaced by HMS Queen Elizabeth.