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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. This 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

16th September 2019

Sir Donald GoslingWe regret to report that Vice Admiral (Hon) Sir Donald Gosling KCVO has crossed the bar after a short illness.

Sir Donald was very generous to Ark Royal's Ship's Company over the years and will be sadly missed. RIP Sir!

14th August 2019

Noah's NewsIssue 4 of Noah's News, The Newsletter of the HMS Ark Royal Association is now available to download from the Members' Area.

Noah's News is published twice per year and is free to all members (including back issues).

Join the HMS Ark Royal Association now to receive your copy.

11th August 2019

newscrestWe regret to report that Ian "Happy" Day, who served as a LS(CIS) on HMS Ark Royal V (R07) from 2008-11, crossed the bar suddenly on 1st August 2019. Rest in peace shipmate.

25th July 2019

webnewsbadgeTickets for the HMS Ark Royal Association Reunion Dinner at the Union Jack Club in London on Saturday 7th September 2019 are still available at £35 per person.

Tickets can be bought online using a credit or debit card or, alternatively, download a ticket order form and pay by cheque. Non-association members are very welcome to attend.

Sale of tickets will close on Friday 30th August.

Diary Dates

10 November 2019

Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph, London.