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  Thousands welcome Ark Royal back home
Updated 17 May 2003, 15.32
Ark Royal
Thousands of people have welcomed home the HMS Ark Royal as she returned to the UK from action in the Gulf.

Daughter and father
Friends and family of the hundreds of crew waved banners and cheered in the wind and rain as the Royal Navy's flagship docked in Portsmouth.

The aircraft carrier sailed from Portsmouth on 11 January.

Its main task during the war against Iraq was to act as a platform for helicopters and provide support for the Royal Marines.

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Six Royal Navy aircrew and an American colleague based on Ark Royal were killed in action during the conflict.

HMS Ark Royal and its escort Type 42 destroyer HMS York are the first surface warships to return home from operations in the Gulf.



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