London, Jan 8 (ANI): A Chinese restaurant tycoon wants to turn HMS Invincible, the venerable warship, into a vast nightclub.
Kin Bong Lam has submitted a 5million pounds bid to the Ministry of Defence for Invincible.
The carrier, once flagship of the British fleet, is currently languishing in Portsmouth's dockyard with her engines stripped out and propellers lying on deck.
Lam, chairman of the Wing Wah Chinese restaurant empire, said he wants to buy the Invincible through his South China company Sunway Yachts and move her to China for renovation.
"The MoD has said that it cannot be used for military purposes but I do think we can make good use of the vessel without it being scrapped," the Daily Mail quoted the business tycoon as saying.
"I am sure that the Royal Navy will be very proud if we can create something that will be of use for people in the future.
"The Invincible has a very distinguished history," he said.
The ship, launched by the Queen in 1977, was the first of three small carriers introduced by the Royal Navy in the 1980s and was seen in action during the Falklands conflict, the Balkans and the Gulf in the late 1990s. (ANI)