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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.


News & Updates

 27th March 2018

Vice Admiral Sir James WeatherallWe regret to report that Vice Admiral Sir James Weatherall KCVO KBE, first skipper of HMS Ark Royal V (R07), crossed the bar on 18th March 2018. He was also XO of HMS Ark Royal IV in the late 1970s. RIP Sir!

There will be a private family funeral. A Thanksgiving Service will be held on Friday 20th April, 2.30 p.m. at St Peter’s Church, Bishops Waltham. Donations to MSSC (Marine Society and Sea Cadets) or Marwell Wildlife c/o Nigel Chamberlain & Partners Funeral Directors, Victoria Road, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1DJ. Tel: 01489 892201.

12th February 2018

HMS Ark Royal badgeWe regret to report that Albert 'Pete' Meyer, ex-PO(M) that served on HMS Ark Royal V (R07) from 1987 to 1989, crossed the bar on 8th February 2018. RIP shipmate!

Pete's funeral will be held at Portchester Crematorium on Friday 9th March at 12.00 pm. Family flowers only, donations, if desired, direct to the British Heart Foundation.

 8th February 2018

Rear Admiral Wilfred GrahamWe regret to report that "Big Wilf", Rear Admiral Wilfred Graham CB, skipper of HMS Ark Royal IV (R09) during the filming of the BBC series Sailor, "crossed the bar" on 2nd February 2018. RIP sir!

Rear Admiral Graham will have a private family funeral. There will, however, be a Service of Thanksgiving for his life at All Saints Church, Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire at 2.30pm on Tuesday 3rd April 2018. No flowers please, donations to the RNLI.

2nd February 2018

Noah's NewsIssue 1 of Noah's News, the Newsletter of the HMS Ark Royal Association is availabe to download now in the Members Area.

HMS Ark Royal Association members receive two issues of Noah's News per year at no cost. Join now to receive your copy.

Diary Dates

09 June 2018

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

15 September 2018

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