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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

24th July 2020

Nikki McCombe

We regret to report that Association Member Nikki McCombe, crossed the bar on Wednesday 22nd July 2020. Nikki served on HMS Ark Royal V (R07) as an MEM from 1991 until 1994. Rest in Peace shipmate!

Funeral details will be posted when known.

28th May 2020

John Brigstocke

We regret to report that Admiral Sir John Brigstocke, KCB crossed the bar on 26th May 2020. Admiral Brigstocke was Commanding Officer of HMS Ark Royal V (R07) from April 1989 until October 1990. Rest in Peace sir!

There will be a private family funeral. A service of thanksgiving will be held at a later date.

10th April 2020

Ron Goldsmith

We regret to report that Association Member Ron Goldsmith crossed the bar on Monday 6th April. Ron served on HMS Ark Royal IV (R09) as an aircraft handler from 1969-72. Rest in peace shipmate.

His funeral will take place on Thursday 30th April 2020 at the Putney Vale Crematorium, South West London at
10:00 am.

2nd April 2020

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An online message board is available in the Members Area of this website for logged in Association Members to leave messages, comments and questions on any subject.

Any member that has forgotten their login credentials should contact the Secretary at .

Not a member yet? Join us now, click here for more information.

Diary Dates

08 November 2020

Remembrance Parade at The Cenotaph, London.