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Ark Royal sails off to auction on ‘MoD-bay’

The Royal Navy's former flagship HMS Ark Royal has been put up for sale on the military equivalent of eBay.

Just two weeks after the aircraft carrier was decommissioned at its home port of Portsmouth Naval Base, the Ark Royal has been advertised on the MoD's auction website edisposals.com.

The sale follows that of its sister ship HMS Invincible, which was towed away last week to a scrapyard in Turkey after being sold on the same internet site.

Although the Ark Royal could also be sold for its scrap metal, other proposals for it include a commercial heliport in London.

And a move could be made to turn it into a nightclub and school in China.

Bidders have until 10am on June 13 to put their tenders forward for the ship.

The website edisposals.com is run by the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) arm of the MoD which has a budget of £14bn to equip the UK's armed forces.

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