It gives me great pleasure to announce the release of my latest book which covers the action packed career of the Royal Navy’s longest serving aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. This book was commissioned to provide the final members of her Ship’s Company with a record of the carrier’s rich heritage from her origins in the early 1960s to her withdrawal from service in 2014. The book includes first hand accounts from all of the former Commanding Officers and a cross section of those who served in her from flag officers to junior sailors, as well as, the man responsible for her construction by Swan Hunter. This book is now available to members of the public via the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The RRP is £25.