Invincible-class Aircraft Carrier
HMS Ark Royal (R07) the fifth ship to bear the name, was built as an Invincible class carrier, by Swan Hunter on the Tyne launching on 2 June 1981, by HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and commissioned into the Fleet on 1 November 1985. The ship has seen active service during the 1990's Bosnian War and 2003 Invasion of Iraq. Her length was 689 feet, a displacement of 22,00 tons and top speed of 30 knots. She could operate 18 Harrier GR.7/9, 4 Sea King and Merlin HM Mk1 helicopters. She was decommissioned at Portsmouth on 11 March 2011, five years ahead of schedule.
The painting was officially commissioned for the ship's decommissioning ceremony.