The aim of this newly-formed Association is to bring together all who served on HMS Ark Royal V (R07), the third and final ship of the Royal Navy's Invincible Class of light aircraft carriers (CVS), and to re-establish and maintain links to organizations previously affiliated to the ship.
Membership of the HMS Ark Royal Association is open to all serving or former naval, military or civilian staff who served a period of at least four weeks aboard HMS Ark Royal V, including attached squadrons, at any time between 1st July 1985 and 11th March 2011.
Associate Membership is available to all who served a period of at least four weeks aboard HMS Ark Royal IV (R09), including attached squadrons, at any time between 25th February 1955 and 14th February 1979.
Honorary Membership may also be available at the discretion of The Committee, please contact us for more information.
We are very pleased to welcome Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham, Ark's CO 1992-93, as a member of the HMS Ark Royal Association.
We are very pleased to welcome Rear Admiral David Snelson, Ark Royal's CO from 2001 to 2002, as a member of the HMS Ark Royal Association.
We are very pleased to welcome two former commanding officers of HMS Ark Royal as members of our Association: Rear Admiral Mike Harris, Ark's CO from 1987 to 1989 and Vice Admiral Sir Alan Massey, Ark's CO from 2002 to 2003.
Joining the HMS Ark Royal Association costs just £10. Note that this is a Joining Fee and not an annual subscription. Whether the Association has an annual subscription or not will be decided by the members at the first AGM in Summer 2018.
For your £10, you will receive a credit card style membership card, two newsletters per year and the right to attend all Association functions.
We intend to hold Association social functions, both formal and informal, in various parts of the UK, not just in the Portsmouth Area.
In time, we would like to have representation at some national events including the annual Remembrance Ceremony at The Cenotaph in London. Any representation at these events would be strictly members only.