Aircraft Carrier in a Shipbreaking Yard

After reading our post about the shipbreaking yard in India, Neatorama reader Stephen Douge went looking on Google Earth and found an unlikely customer: an aircraft carrier! Thanks Stephen!


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You're almost right! The ship on the photo is NAeL Minas Gerais, the Brazilian aircraft carrier that was written off in 2002. The Minas Gerais is the former HMS Vengeance and a sister of the 25 de Mayo/Karel Doorman. The photo was taken in 2004. In 1996 I sailed on this ship for five days. She was the oldest active carrier in the world, built in WW2.
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Looks like the Doorman (Dutch), with the angled deck. Venerable (Brit) was a straight deck prior to delivery to the Dutch. At least according to links in Wikipedia.
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The French tried to scrape their Clemenceau aircraft carrier in India, but asbestos environmental/political concerns cancelled the project and the ship had to be towed back.
Another lost fight ;p
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