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 HMS Ark Royal V (R07) ship's company of all eras from the original 1985 crew through to the final decommissioning crew of 2011; and HMS Ark Royal IV (R09) ship's company members from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. In 2019, 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
30th September 2021
We regret to report that Craig Vernel, who served as an OM(C) on HMS Ark Royal V (R07) 2001-03 (approx.), crossed the bar on 25th September 2021. Rest in peace shipmate.
A Just Giving page has been set up to support his family. Click here to donate.
1st September 2021
Issue 8 of Noah's News, the Newsletter of the HMS Ark Royal Association, is now available for free to all association members in the Members' Area.
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20th July 2021
We can confirm that this year's Annual General Meeting & Informal Social will take place at the Editor's Draught, Wellington Street, Leeds from 6pm on Saturday 16th October 2021.
The AGM will be strictly members only but all ex-Ark Royal shipmates are welcome to join us later in the evening.
24th June 2021
Unfortunately, due to government Covid restrictions being extended, this year's Annual General Meeting & Informal Social in Leeds has been postponed until Saturday 16th October 2021. We are just waiting to confirm the venue.
22 January 2022
HMS Ark Royal Association Reunion at Hanworth RNA Club, Feltham, TW13 6PP.
02 July 2022
HMS Ark Royal Association Formal Mess Dinner at the Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth, PO1 3HS.
HMS Ark Royal Association 4th Annual General Meeting & Informal Social in Leeds (date and venue TBC).
13 November 2022
Remembrance Parade at The Cenotaph, London.