The Official Website of the HMS Ark Royal Association
The aim of the Association is to bring together all who served on Her Majesty's Ships Ark Royal and to re-establish and maintain links to organizations previously affiliated to the ships.
Our membership currently includes five former commanding officers, former Ark Royal V ship's company of all eras from the original 1985 crew through to the final decommissioning crew of 2011; and Ark Royal IV ship's company members from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Last year, Rear Admiral Terry Loughran CB was elected our first Association President.
Full and Life Membership of the HMS Ark Royal Association is open to all serving or former naval, military, NAAFI or laundry staff, including attached squadrons, who served a period of at least four weeks aboard:
- HMS Ark Royal V (R07) at any time between 1st July 1985 and 11th March 2011
- HMS Ark Royal IV (R09) at any time between 25th February 1955 and 14th February 1979
Associate Membership is available to any close relative of a deceased former member of the crew of HMS Ark Royal (including HMS Ark Royal III (91).
Honorary Membership may also be available at the discretion of The Committee, please contact us for more information using the link at the top of this page.
News & Updates
18th September 2020
New photos of HMS Ark Royal IV (R09) have been added to the Members Only section of the Photos & Videos pages of this website.
These photos will only be visible to logged-in Association Members so members must log into this website first. Not a members yet? Join us now.
New HMS Ark Royal V photos and videos will be added very soon.
7th September 2020
A special Families Day edition of Noah's News from June 1975 has been added to our Members Only online digital archive.
Not a member yet? Join us now to access our library of documents and commission books from HMS Ark Royal IV and HMS Ark Royal V.
25th August 2020
Issue 6 of Noah's News, The Newsletter of the HMS Ark Royal Association is now available to download from the Members' Area of this website. The latest cover features Little Wilf, star of the 1976 BBC documentary series Sailor.
Noah's News is published twice per year and is available to all members of the HMS Ark Royal Association as part of their subscription. Not a member yet? Join us now to get your copy.
23rd August 2020
A new Photos & Videos section has been added to the website (see menu bar at the top of this page). A more extensive collection of HMS Ark Royal photos and videos will be added to the Members' Area very soon.
This is still a work in progress so check back regularly for more content.
08 November 2020
Remembrance Parade at The Cenotaph, London.
HMS Ark Royal Association Annual General Meeting and Informal Social in Leeds (date and venue TBC).
HMS Ark Royal Association Informal Members & Guests Dinner in London (date and venue TBC).