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 seven 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 (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
29th December 2018
Many congratulations to our Chairman, George Bone, on his award of an MBE in the 2019 New Years Honours List!
27th December 2018
We regret to report that Anthony "Benny" Benton, who served as FCMEM(M) on HMS Ark Royal V (R07) 1985-87, crossed the bar on 26th December 2018.
News on funeral dates to be posted when known.
Rest in peace shipmate.
28th November 2018
We regret to report that J.J. "Spud" Murphy, who served on HMS Ark Royal IV (R09) as an MEM in Y Unit in 1976, crossed the bar on 27th November 2018.
Rest in peace shipmate.<
5th November 2018
All Association members that are attending the Remembrance Day Parade at the Cenotaph in London this Sunday should now have received their tickets and joining information.
Please contact the Association Secretary urgently if you are on the attendance list but don't yet have your ticket.
22 June 2019
HMS Ark Royal Association AGM, Reunion & Social at Leeds (venue TBC).
07 September 2019
HMS Ark Royal Association Members & Guests Dinner at London (venue TBC).
08 September 2019
Naval Associations Biennial Parade at The Cenotaph, London.