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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.


Latest Updates


24th November 2017

We have made some amendments to our membership criteria, see our How to Join page for more information.


3rd November 2017 

We regret to report that Andy Bolam a former Senior Engineer on HMS Ark Royal V, crossed the bar on 21st October 2017.


New Members' Area added to the site. Login credentials will be emailed to all HMS Ark Royal Association members. If any member hasn't received their email containing the login credentials, please check your spam folder before contacting us. Included in the Members' Area is a full list of Association members.



Diary Dates

09 June 2018

HMS Ark Royal Association AGM & Members & Guests Informal Social at The West Riding, Wellington St, Leeds.

15 September 2018

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