HMS Ark Royal is to visit the River Thames next month to take part in commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the Falklands conflict.

HMS Ark Royal is to visit the River Thames next month to take part in commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the Falklands conflict. She will be moored at Greenwich from June 13th to 18th, and will be open to visitors at some point during her stay.

On Sunday June 17th members of her crew are expected to take part in the showpiece of the commemorations, a high impact visual event on Horse Guards Parade. This will include a march past of veterans and their modern day service counterparts up The Mall to Buckingham Palace to witness a fly past of aircraft from the Falklands era as well as some of those flown by the same squadrons today.

Ark Royal, the largest of the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers, is 210m long with a maximum beam of 36m. She displaces more than 20,000 tonnes, and her four Olympus gas turbine engines give her a maximum speed of over 30 knots.