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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 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. Last 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:

  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

13th January 2021

Frank Sinfield

We regret to report that Frank Sinfield, who served as an M(E)1 on HMS Ark Royal IV (R09) 1956-58, crossed the bar on the 30th December 2020. 

Rest in peace shipmate.

13th January 2021

HMS Ark Royal ship's badge

We regret to report that Robert (Bob) Middleton, who served on HMS Ark Royal IV (R09) from Nov 1959 to Feb 1961 as a Naval Air Mechanic, crossed the bar on the 26th December 2020.

Rest in peace shipmate.

23rd December 2020

HMS Ark Royal Association badge

As a special Christmas treat, Ark Royal The Rock Show, a pop spectacular filmed on Ark Royal in Gibraltar and broadcast on Christmas Day 1986, is now available exclusively for members to watch in full in the 1984-1986 section. Happy Christmas from the HMS Ark Royal Association.

This video will only be visible to logged-in Association Members so members must log into this website first. Not a members yet? Join us now.

30th November 2020

HMS Ark Royal ship's badge

We regret to report that Paul Stafford Boddington, who served as a Sub Lieutenant on HMS Ark Royal IV (R09) in the early 1970's, crossed the bar in Australia on the 11th November. His funeral was held on 20th November.

Rest in peace shipmate.

Diary Dates

17 July 2021

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

September 2021

HMS Ark Royal Association Informal Members & Guests Dinner in London (date and venue TBC).