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Review reco mmended that the 18,000to n amph ibi ous assault ship be brought back to port and kept ar "exte nd ed readiness" until 2016 when sh e will rep lace her sister-ship, HMS Bulwark. During the past yea r the ship has been invo lved in rhe Libyan conflict and operations in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. A Viking chieftain buried in his boat-turned-coffin for 1,000 years was unearthed this summer when the vessel's remains were discovered on the remote Ardnamurchan Peninsula in Scotland. The sire was found by a ream of archaeologists from rhe Ard nam urchan Transitions Project (ATP), a gro up led by researchers from rhe Universities of Manchester and Leicester, CFA Archaeology Lrd. , and Archaeology Scotland, and is rhe most complete Viking

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Sea History 137 - Winter 2011-2012  

10 The War of 1812: Year Three-1814, by William H. White • 18 Measure of the Earth: Navigation, Science, and the War of Jenkins's Ear, by L...

Sea History 137 - Winter 2011-2012  

10 The War of 1812: Year Three-1814, by William H. White • 18 Measure of the Earth: Navigation, Science, and the War of Jenkins's Ear, by L...