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Lusty prepares to join Libyan warzone after £40m upgrade

HMS Illustrious is on stand-by to go to war in Libya, The News can reveal.

The Portsmouth-based warship, which only came out of a £40m refit last month, will be sent to relieve HMS Ocean in the Mediterranean in the next six months. [emphasis Murdoc's]

British Army pilots are training to fly AH-64 Apache attack helicopters off of the Illustrious. The ship was refitted to operate helicopters only after the British military retired the last of their Harrier jump jets last year.

Considering that the big rush to get the ship into action will take up to six more months, Murdoc’s thinking the Brits aren’t expecting an end to the action anytime soon.

UPDATE: Here’s a shot of the “Lusty” (pre-refit):

The Royal Navy Invincible-class aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (R 06), and Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69 transit in formation during a multi-ship maneuvering exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. The three carriers are currently participating in Operation Bold Step where more than 15,000 service members from three countries partake in the Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFX). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jay C. Pugh (RELEASED). Photographer's Name: MC2 Jay C. Pugh Date Shot: 7/29/2007

The Royal Navy Invincible-class aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (R 06), and Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69 transit in formation during a multi-ship maneuvering exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. The three carriers are currently participating in Operation Bold Step where more than 15,000 service members from three countries partake in the Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFX). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jay C. Pugh (RELEASED). Photographer's Name: MC2 Jay C. Pugh Date Shot: 7/29/2007

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