This photo was taken on arrival day 12th April, so wonder what has been done since then. Leyal don't mess about and usually get cracking straight away. Normally the Turks break 'em bow to stern rather than top to bottom and gradually pull the remains up the beach as they go.
The grey booting was added post 2005 during her lay up. If you look at any photos of the 'Vince at T200 which was her last outing she has black booting.
Can't believe T200 was six years ago that decade flew by along with half the navy. Certainly taken a fair few pics of laid up ships in that decade, probably more so than in the mid 80s early 90s...
Quick question for 'WD', are DRSO a larger organisation now than let's say 10 years ago, owing to how many ships are paying off. Surely the DRSO must be busier than ever and having to get the Ark made ready for disposal in mere months must require more man power?
stevo.... yes because of the large number the government are scrapping they have had an up lift of staff,,, invincible notably was disposed minus both of her lifts as they are so trouble some and always have been, they were covered over for the tow to leyal, i do have the full video of the beaching which im currently editing and will post on the site, she will take some 8 months or so to dismantle, will up dtae the pics from my turkish contact as and when they become available
unfortunately this country does not have all the necessary green credentials to re cycle warships/ships a warships for example has to have a green card which means basically its fit for for recycling ie paint sampling to make sure there is no lead content, fuels /oils/ weapons are all removed/ gas free ticket/mca inspection etc etc, it costs ( for a type 42 for example) in the region of one million to the taxpayer to dispose of a platform ( the favoured term used by the pen pushers for a warship) the tow and subsequent insurance are paid for by the purchaser and once the vessel in question has left portsmouth harbour it is not allowed to return even under tow...if a problem were to arise with the tug it would have to make for a commercial port, leyal in turkey have also purchased two of the batch 2 type 42s up the trot... the uk government does not and cannot be seen to dispose of ships the way the indians and chinese do as its bad carma on thir green credentials