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HMS Ark Royal Association

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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 five 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. Last year, Rear Admiral Terry Loughran CB was elected our first Association President.

Full and Life 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 (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

17th February 2020

Noahs News 5

The latest issue of Noah's News, the Newsletter of the HMS Ark Royal Association is now available for association members to download in the Members Area.

Members receive two editions of Noahs News per year. Join us now to receive your copy.

29th January 2020

HMS Ark Royal Association badgeThere will be an HMS Ark Royal Association South Coast Area Informal Social Gathering in the Victory Bar of the Royal Maritime Club, Queen Street, Portsmouth on Friday 6th March 2020.

Meet up in the bar between 1900 and 1930. We will most likely move on to another pub later in the evening. All Association members are welcome to attend with guests, as are any other ex-Ark Royals that are yet to join our association.

23rd January 2020

HMS Ark Royal Association badgeDue to a major sporting event taking place in Leeds on the original planned date, our 3rd Annual General Meeting and Social will now take place on Saturday 13th June 2020 at Leeds United Football Club.

Full details will be promulgated in due course but the event is expected to include a tour of the ground and a light buffet. There will be no charge for this event but it will be association members only.

31st October 2019

Sir Desmond CassidiWe regret to report that Admiral Sir Desmond Cassidi crossed the bar on 10th October 2019. Admiral Cassidi was commanding officer of HMS Ark Royal (R09) 1972-73.

A celebration of his life will be held at St. John the Baptist Church, Pitney, Somerset on Friday 8th November at 2.30pm. Family flowers only please.

RIP sir!

Diary Dates

06 March 2020

South Coast Area Informal Social at Victory Bar, Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth, PO1 3HS. Meet in the bar between 7 and 7.30pm..

13 June 2020

3rd Annual General Meeting & Social at Leeds United FC, Elland Rd, Leeds, LS11 0ES. 1645 for 1700 start. Ground tour and buffet inc..

14 June 2020

Blessing of the HMS Ark Royal Association Standard at Leeds Minster, 2-6 Kirkgate, Leeds LS2 7DJ (TBC).

September 2020

HMS Ark Royal Association Formal Mess Dinner at Newcastle (date and venue TBC).