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HMS Ark Royal Association

About the HMS Ark Royal Association

Following suggestions by one or two Facebook users that there should be an Ark Royal Association, a dedicated Facebook group was set up in June 2017 to assess interest. By August that group had nearly 400 members. From that group an Interim Setup Committee was formed, with the aim of setting up the necessary framework to start recruiting members to the Association ready to hold a General Meeting, when a proper election of Association officials will take place. The Association's first Annual General Meeting will take place on the 9th June 2018 in HMS Ark Royal's adopted city, Leeds.

HMS Ark Royal Association Interim Setup Committee

Currently chaired by Grant "Nick" Nicholson, the Interim Setup Committee will oversee the running of the Association until a full committee is elected by the Membership at the first Annual General Meeting in 2018. Also on the Setup Committee are John "Whiskey" Walker, Mark "Brum" Weston, George Bone, Johnny Hartshorne and Yorkie Stout. Other full Association members may be invited to join the Interim Setup Committee if they express an interest in a Committee role on their Membership Application Form. All Committee posts will be considered to be vacant at the first AGM.


To view a copy of the HMS Ark Royal Association's Interim Constitution, click here (Adobe Reader required). Please note that this constitution requires ratification by the Association Membership at the first Annual General Meeting in 2018.

Breakdown of Our Current Membership

Updated 18th May 2018

Who served when? The Membership of the HMS Ark Royal Association consists of the following:

    HMS Ark Royal IV (R09)     HMS Ark Royal V (R07) 
 Decade onboard  1950s  1960s  1970s  1980s 1990s  2000s  2010s 
 No. of Members  2  12  32  95  64 39   12

HMS Ark Royal Association members are a mixture of all ranks and rates and all of the current Committee are former junior or senior ratings.

We also have the following notable members:

Vice Admiral (Hon) Sir Donald Gosling KCVO
Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham KCB
Vice Admiral Sir Alan Massey KCB, CBE
Rear Admiral Mike Harris
Rear Admiral Terry Loughran CB
Rear Admiral David Snelson CB
Commodore Jamie Miller OBE
Commodore Jerry Kyd