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):