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HMS Ark Royal Association

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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:

  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 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

10th May 2018

Blazer badgeWe are pleased to announce that we have taken delivery of our first HMS Ark Royal Association merchandise.

Lapel pins and blazer badges are now on sale to Association members on our new Slops page.

3rd May 2018

HMS Ark Royal AssociationImportant News: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the venue for the Annual General Meeting and Reunion on Saturday 9th June 2018 has been moved to the Editor's Draught, Wellington Street, Leeds. It is only a couple of hundred yards up the road from the previous venue.

The Annual General Meeting will commence at 6pm in the upstairs function room. The Reunion and Social will commence in the downstairs bar on completion (expected to be around 7pm). All are welcome.

25th April 2018

HMS Ark Royal AssociationThe HMS Ark Royal Association intends to be in attendance and march past at the annual Remembrance Ceremony at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday this year.

Ticket allocation will be strictly Association members only. More information in the Members Area of this website.


27th March 2018

Vice Admiral Sir James WeatherallWe regret to report that Vice Admiral Sir James Weatherall KCVO KBE, first skipper of HMS Ark Royal V (R07), crossed the bar on 18th March 2018. He was also XO of HMS Ark Royal IV in the late 1970s. RIP Sir!

There will be a private family funeral. A Thanksgiving Service will be held on Friday 20th April, 2.30 p.m. at St Peter’s Church, Bishops Waltham. Donations to MSSC (Marine Society and Sea Cadets) or Marwell Wildlife c/o Nigel Chamberlain & Partners Funeral Directors, Victoria Road, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1DJ. Tel: 01489 892201.

Diary Dates

09 June 2018

HMS Ark Royal Association AGM, Reunion & Social at The Editor's Draught, Wellington St, Leeds.

15 September 2018

HMS Ark Royal Association Members & Guests Dinner at The Still & West, Old Portsmouth.

11 November 2018

Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph, London.