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HMS Ark Royal Association

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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:

  1. HMS Ark Royal V (R07) at any time between 1st July 1985 and 11th March 2011
  2. 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

20th March 2020

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Unfortunately due to the coronavirus outbreak and following government advice, our Annual General Meeting and Informal Social at Leeds United Football Club on 13th June 2020 has been postponed until further notice.

We intend to get our social calendar back on track as soon as the risk to the health of our more vunerable members has passed. Watch this space.


3rd March 2020

Harry Gregory

We regret to report that Harry Gregory, who served on HMS Ark Royal III (91) in 1941, crossed the bar this morning at the age of 98.

Harry's funeral will take place at 1530 on Monday 16th March at Dukinfield Crematorium, Hall Green Rd, Dukinfield, SK16 4EP. All are welcome.

Rest in peace shipmate!

17th February 2020

Noahs News 5

The latest issue of Noah's News, the Newsletter of the HMS Ark Royal Association is now available for association members to download in the Members Area.

Members receive two editions of Noahs News per year. Join us now to receive your copy.

29th January 2020

HMS Ark Royal Association badgeThere will be an HMS Ark Royal Association South Coast Area Informal Social Gathering in the Victory Bar of the Royal Maritime Club, Queen Street, Portsmouth on Friday 6th March 2020.

Meet up in the bar between 1900 and 1930. We will most likely move on to another pub later in the evening. All Association members are welcome to attend with guests, as are any other ex-Ark Royals that are yet to join our association.

Diary Dates

September 2020

HMS Ark Royal Association Formal Mess Dinner at Newcastle (date and venue TBC).