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HMS Ark Royal

Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier

HMS Ark Royal Crest

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HMS Ark Royal R07

HMS Ark Royal was the third and final ship of the Royal Navy's Invincible Class of light aircraft carriers (CVS) and the fifth ship to carry the name Ark Royal. Originally intended to be named Indomitable to match the rest of the class, her name was changed in 1978 due to popular demand after the demise of the previous Ark. Built by Swan Hunters at Wallsend Shipyard, she was launched by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on 2nd June 1981, entered into Royal Navy service on 1st July 1985, and was officially commissioned in the presence of the Queen Mother on 1st November that year.

 

Her 25 years in service saw her sent to the Adriatic in 1993/94 to help control the no-fly zone during the Bosnian War and she served as a command platform for amphibious operations during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

 

Originally due to leave service in 2016, Ark Royal unfortunately became a casualty of the Government's 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review. She entered her home port of Portsmouth for the last time on 3rd December 2010 and was officially decommissioned on 11th March 2011.

 

This website is dedicated to HMS Ark Royal V and the men and women who served on her during more than 25 years of service.

 

HMS Ark Royal Association

News & Updates

Welcome to our website! If you have any comments or suggestion for the site then please post them on the Guestbook page. If you have any photos that you wish to donate to the website please email them to us at .

 

The new HMS Ark Royal Association is now fully operational and ready to receive membership applications. Joining fee - £10. Click here for more information.

 

Navy News

Featured Articles

Ark Royal Commanding Officers

Commanding Officers

The opportunity to command one of the Navy's aircraft carriers is an immense privilege, especially so when that ship is called Ark Royal. These are the men that have received that accolade.

 Ark Royal Ship's Company

Ships Company

A warship is useless without men and women to operate its systems. Though many have served on other carriers no other draft was quite like serving on 'The Mighty Ark'.

 HMS Ark Royal

Facts & Figures

When she was built, she was the largest ship in the Royal Navy, being fractionally longer than her sister ships and recognizable by her more steeply angled flight deck ramp.

 Ark Royal Affiliations

Affiliations

Almost all Royal Navy ships have affilations to towns, cities and various organisations. Many of Ark Royal V's affiliations were inherited from previous ships to bear the name.

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Ark Royal Photo Album

Photo Album

Over her 25 years of service many thousand of photos of Ark and her crew will have been taken by naval personnel and members of the public. Do you have any photos to share?

Ark TV

Ark TV

The internet is awash with video content related to Ark Royal V. We've tried to find the best of what's available, including videos hosted on our own YouTube channel.

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The Royal Navy has a language all of its own and the average matelot uses a lot of terminology unheard in other walks of life.

Ship's Programme

Ship's Programme

A lot happened in Ark Royal's 25 years of service so it isn't always easy to remember when exactly that great run ashore was. 

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