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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 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:

  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

1st May 2021

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We regret to report that Richard "Miffs" Mifsud, who served as a Radio Operator on HMS Ark Royal V (R07) 1985-88 (approx.), crossed the bar on 30th April 2021.

Rest in peace shipmate.

12th April 2021

Brian Slack

We regret to report that Brian Slack, who served on HMS Ark Royal IV (R09) as an Electrical Mechanic (Air) between 1972 and 1977, crossed the bar on 25th December 2020.

Rest in peace shipmate.

31st March 2021

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New exclusive to members photos from 1963 are available to view in the Members' Area of this website.

There are plenty more exclusive HMS Ark Royal photos and videos to view from the 1950s to 2011. Join us now to get access.

19th March 2021

Noah's News The Newsletter of the HMS Ark Royal Association

We are pleased to announce that Issue 7 of Noah's News, The Newsletter of the HMS Ark Royal Association is now available to download in the Members' Area of this website.

Association members receive all issues of Noah's News as part of their annual subscription. Join us now to get your copy.

Diary Dates

17 July 2021

HMS Ark Royal Association Annual General Meeting and Informal Social at Leeds (Venue TBC).

12 September 2021

Naval Associations Parade at Whitehall, London.

14 November 2021

Remembrance Parade at The Cenotaph, London.