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Respect is ship-shape

PUBLISHED: 17:05 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:37 25 August 2010

A 22,500 tonne aircraft carrier sailed past the Thames Barrier on its way into London where it will be the centrepiece for the Royal Navy s Remembrance Sunday services.

A 22,500 tonne aircraft carrier sailed past the Thames Barrier on its way into London where it will be the centrepiece for the Royal Navy's Remembrance Sunday services.

The HMS Illustrious sailed up the River Thames on Tuesday to Greenwich, where it will now be moored until next Wednesday.

The crew will also be taking part in the Lord Mayor's show this Saturday, Later 50 sailors will be at St Paul's Cathedral for Remembrance Sunday. During the visit, a life sized replica of the new Lockheed Martin Joint Strike fighter aircraft will be displayed on the flight deck. HMS Illustrious has a top speed of 28 knots, and is equipped with a mix of Harrier jump jet, Sea King and Chinook helicopters.


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