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
31st March 2021
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
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.
15th March 2021
We regret to report that Michael Hickman, who served on HMS Ark Royal IV (R09) as a cook in the 1970s, crossed the bar on 19th February 2021. Mike's funeral will take place on 22nd March at the Isle of Wight Crematorium.
Rest in peace shipmate.
27th February 2021
We regret to report that Mike Leech, who served on HMS Ark Royal IV (R09) as a radio operator in the 1950s and 60s, crossed the bar on 20th February 2021. Mike's funeral will take place on 8th March at Bodmin Crematorium.
Rest in peace shipmate.
17 July 2021
HMS Ark Royal Association Annual General Meeting and Informal Social at Leeds (Venue TBC).
11 September 2021
HMS Ark Royal Association Informal Members & Guests Dinner at London (Venue TBC).
12 September 2021
Naval Associations Parade at Whitehall, London.
14 November 2021
Remembrance Parade at The Cenotaph, London.