December 02, 2010
MUST GO, ALL OFFERS CONSIDERED! 30 years old, needs work but in decent shape. Good mileage. In stock.
It's British, too. Well, can't hurt to look...
Oh. Just a bit larger than I was expecting.
That's right, the Royal Navy is flat-out selling one of their "through-deck cruisers." The ski-jump "harrier carrier" HMS Invincible (R05) saw action in the Falklands against the Argentinians and was involved in the Balkans, Yugoslavia and Iraq. But Top Gearheads remember her for another reason.
Where? Why, eDisposals.com, an eBay-like website. So far no bids have been received, and all offers have to be in by January 5th... but she's listed there as being "in stock."
I don't have a garage big enough to park it in.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 02, 2010 11:44 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at December 03, 2010 12:16 AM (vW/MM)
It did good service in the Falklands War, indeed. If not for the CAP provided by those Harriers, the Argentine air force would have had a much better time of things. On the other hand, it's arguable that the Invincible was worth more than the entirety of the Falklands; certainly the British nightmare scenario was "Exocet takes out the carrier". (They DID lose the Atlantic Conveyor, their big cargo transport, along with most of the force's transport helicopters on board...)
Posted by: Avatar at December 03, 2010 12:30 AM (pWQz4)
Don't get me started on our new coalition overlords decision to retired the Ark and the Harriers (the air to air Sea Harriers went ages ago btw, only the RAF's ground attack version was left).
Hopefully there won't be a need for a naval air support until the new carriers (minus aircraft!) arrive later this decade...
Posted by: Andy Janes at December 03, 2010 02:46 AM (KBzPM)
Posted by: Ed Hering at December 03, 2010 03:01 PM (Dh1KI)
Word of the day: orinthophobia (fear of ducks).
via Charlie Stross's blog
Posted by: Tony von Krag at December 03, 2010 05:39 PM (VGXAE)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 03, 2010 06:00 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 03, 2010 06:01 PM (+rSRq)
Why does that need a name? Is there anyone who doesn't fear ducks?Well, ducks don't fear ducks, as far as I know...
Posted by: Siergen at December 03, 2010 10:55 PM (Gqqsw)
(with thanks to Gary Larson)
Posted by: Wonderduck at December 04, 2010 12:31 AM (vW/MM)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at December 04, 2010 03:57 AM (mRjOr)
Posted by: Andy Janes at December 04, 2010 07:36 AM (vu1Y2)
If you have a prior reputation for canceling big orders (like say, Britain's MoD), then you may need to really pad the cancellation clauses to get them to bid on the contract. Afterall, they are not bidding on other projects because they anticipate being busy with your work.
Posted by: Siergen at December 04, 2010 06:25 PM (Gqqsw)
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