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H.M.S Illustrious

17th March 2001 Commission Quay."

HMS Illustrious is the second of three Invincible class aircraft carriers and the fifth ship of the name. Built at Swan Hunter on the Tyne and subsequently commissioned in her base port of Portsmouth in 1982. HMS Illustrious will again be one of the United Kingdom's most important defence assets. No other platform provides the flexibility, power projection capability and command and control facilities of an aircraft carrier. The ship's motto is "Vox Non Incerta" meaning "No Uncertain Sound"