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The Age of Invincible: The Ship That Defined the Modern Royal Navy [Hardcover]

Nick Childs
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19 Mar 2009
The story of HMS Invincible, a ship whose eventful life story, it is argued, embodies that of the Royal Navy itself during the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st. From her conception and design, through her various deployments (including the Falklands) and her evolving role and technical adaptation to meet changing strategic requirements, her fluctuating fortunes have been intertwined with those of the Royal Navy as a whole. Now, as a new breed of carriers is being commissioned to replace her, this thoroughly researched analysis of her career is the perfect platform from which to ask the important questions regarding the future role of the Royal Navy and Britain's place in the world.


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Maritime; First Edition edition (19 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844158578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844158577
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 11 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
This work is not only the history of a great ship, but more an insight into one of the most compelling era`s in the history of the modern Royal Navy. Thorough and thought provoking, this should be regarded as a must-read for any student of naval warfare. My only critisism is the lack of a
`tech` section giving details for those not familiar with the ship. Ably written and researched. Well done Nick Childs !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history 20 May 2009
By Jim-Jim
Format:Hardcover
Everything you could possibly want to know about the illustrious history of the HMS Invincible. Not to be missed if you're a naval or military history buff, or even just a casual reader, there's something here for you too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 4 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have always been fascinated by the Invincible class ships ever since I saw HMS Invincible in all her glory during a harbour tour in Portsmouth.
This is a very good account of the political strife and bargaining that the Royal Navy has had to deal with in order to maintain a carrier fleet through a time when many people began to think them unnecessary or far too costly so many years after the Second World War.
The Invincible class has proved itself time and time again over the years and has become iconic.
Despite being much larger and more up to date, the Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers will have big shoes to fill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The title doesn't do it justice 7 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a well researched, well written dissertation on not only INVINCIBLE and her contribution to the Government's foreign policy over a 26 year period, but also the entire carrier aviation debate that has raged in the Ministry of Defence since the 1960s and continues today. I know personally many of INVINCIBLE's former Commanding Officers and served for a short while in her sister ship ARK ROYAL, and this book summarises her career and the impact that she made to the development of modern naval aviation very well. Her Falklands campaign is of course well described as well as her later involvement in combat operations such as in the Adriatic in the mid-90s. It was good that Mr Childs managed to get so many interviews with key influencers in her relatively short career and it was especially interesting to hear the views of some of the of more junior members of her ship's company, especially in her early years. I think if there were anything that you could improve upon would be to have included more photographs and a greater input from the aircrew themselves, there was sadly only limited description of the air ops from the operators' perspective. But all in all a good book and well worth buying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 31 Dec 2012
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A great overview over a great class of ship. If anything it would be brilliant to have another update to bring it up to date with the new carriers now so delayed and switched back and forth in design. Especially the debate, is it better to stop and land or land and stop?
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