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:
- 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
11th October 2019
Copies of Noah's News from 1978, including the final ever edition from Ark Royal IV, have now been added to our digital archive in the Members' Area of this website.
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5th October 2019
The Order of Service and Souvenir Commissioning Booklet from the commissioning of HMS Ark Royal V on 1st November 1985, have now been added to our digital archive in the Members' Area of this website.
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27th September 2019
Association members now have access to an archive of Commission Books and onboard publications from both Ark Royal IV and Ark Royal V in the Members' Area of this website.
This archive is exclusively members only so join us now for access. Contributions for content are welcome so check your attics!
16th September 2019
We regret to report that Vice Admiral (Hon) Sir Donald Gosling KCVO has crossed the bar after a short illness.
Sir Donald was very generous to Ark Royal's Ship's Company over the years and will be sadly missed. RIP Sir!
10 November 2019
Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph, London.
06 June 2020
3rd Annual General Meeting & Social at Leeds (Venue TBC).