The Official Website of the HMS Ark Royal Association
The aim of this newly-formed Association is to bring together all who served on HMS Ark Royal V (R07), the third and final ship of the Royal Navy's Invincible Class of light aircraft carriers (CVS), and to re-establish and maintain links to organizations previously affiliated to the ship.
Our membership already includes six 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.
Full 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 III (91), HMS Ark Royal IV (R09) or HMS Ark Royal V (R07).
Honorary Membership may also be available at the discretion of The Committee, please contact us for more information.
News & Updates
12th February 2018
We regret to report that Albert 'Pete' Meyer, ex-PO(M) that served on HMS Ark Royal V (R07) from 1987 to 1989, crossed the bar on 8th February 2018. RIP shipmate!
Pete's funeral will be held at Portchester Crematorium on Friday 9th March at 12.00 pm. Family flowers only, donations, if desired, direct to the British Heart Foundation.
8th February 2018
We regret to report that "Big Wilf", Rear Admiral Wilfred Graham CB, skipper of HMS Ark Royal IV (R09) during the filming of the BBC series Sailor, "crossed the bar" on 2nd February 2018. RIP sir!
Rear Admiral Graham will have a private family funeral. There will, however, be a Service of Thanksgiving for his life at All Saints Church, Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire at 2.30pm on Tuesday 3rd April 2018. No flowers please, donations to the RNLI.
2nd February 2018
Issue 1 of Noah's News, the Newsletter of the HMS Ark Royal Association is availabe to download now in the Members Area.
HMS Ark Royal Association members receive two issues of Noah's News per year at no cost. Join now to receive your copy.
1st February 2018
Tickets for the HMS Ark Royal Association Members & Guests Informal Dinner at the Still & West Country House in Old Portsmouth on 15th September 2018 are now on sale.
Tickets are £30 per person for a three-course dinner, rig will be smart casual.
Go to the Members Area to view the menu and purchase your tickets.
09 June 2018
HMS Ark Royal Association AGM & Members & Guests Informal Social at The West Riding, Wellington St, Leeds.
15 September 2018
HMS Ark Royal Association Members & Guests Dinner at The Still & West, Old Portsmouth.