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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 could take place. The Association's first Annual General Meeting was held on the 9th June 2018 in HMS Ark Royal's adopted city, Leeds.

In June 2019, the HMS Ark Royal Association elected Rear Admiral Terry Loughran CB as its first Association President.

HMS Ark Royal Association Officials


Association President - Rear Admiral Terry Loughran CB (Ark Royal 1970-71, 1993-94)
Association Chairman - George Bone MBE (Ark Royal 2000-03)
Association Secretary & Treasurer - Grant 'Nick' Nicholson (Ark Royal 1985-87, 1994-95, 2001-03)
Association Social Secretary - Andy Wadham (Ark Royal 2000-03)
Committee Members - David 'Yorkie' Lythe (Ark Royal 1976-78)
John Hartshorne (Ark Royal 1985-88)
Paul Spence (Ark Royal 1985-88)


To view a copy of the HMS Ark Royal Association's Constitution, click here (Adobe Reader required).

Breakdown of Our Current Membership

Updated 15th October 2019

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  10  35  99  86  54 34   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 Sir Alan Massey KCB, CBE
Rear Admiral John Clink CBE
Rear Admiral Mike Harris
Rear Admiral Terry Loughran CB
Rear Admiral David Snelson CB
Commodore Jamie Miller OBE
Rev. Mike Brotherton MBE