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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

23rd June 2019

webnewsbadgeWe are very pleased to report that, at our second Annual General Meeting held in Leeds on 22nd June, the membership elected Rear Admiral Terry Loughran CB as the HMS Ark Royal Association's first President. Congratulations sir!

25th April 2019

webnewsbadgeThe HMS Ark Royal Association has again received an invitation from the Royal British Legion to apply for tickets to march past at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday (10th November).

Any Association members wishing to participate this year should email the Secretary by Wednesday 5th June.

14th April 2019

newscrestWe regret to report that Mark "Tanzy" Lee, who served as a POMEM on HMS Ark Royal V (R07) in the late 1980s, crossed the bar on 13th April 2019. Rest in peace shipmate.

Tanzy's funeral will take place at 3pm on Wednesday 1st May at Portchester Crematorium. His wife Sally has said all are welcome, no formal funeral dress, afterwards at the Roundabout Hotel, Fareham.

18th March 2019

webnewsbadgeTickets for the HMS Ark Royal Association Reunion Dinner at the Union Jack Club in London on Saturday 7th September 2019 are on sale now 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.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Diary Dates

07 September 2019

HMS Ark Royal Association Reunion Dinner at Gascoigne Room, Union Jack Club, London, SE1 8UJ.

08 September 2019

Naval Associations Biennial Parade at The Cenotaph, London.

10 November 2019

Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph, London.