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HMS Ark Royal

Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier

City of Leeds crest


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.



City of Leeds

City of Leeds

Situated in West Yorkshire, Leeds is the third largest city in the United Kingdom. The city's association with HMS Ark Royal stems back to the Second World War and Ark Royal III.


In November 1941, as part of a government campaign to raise money for the war effort, Leeds decided to adopt the aircraft carrier Ark Royal. Unfortunately, within just a few days of adoption, the ship was torpedoed and sunk off Gibraltar. As a result of the tragedy the people of Leeds set about raising money for a replacement ship, eventually raising an amazing sum of more than £9,000,000.


Ark Royal IV was granted the Freedom of the City of Leeds in 1973 and this honour was eventually transferred to Ark Royal V.



 Queen's Royal Lancers


Queen's Royal Lancers

This affiliation was originally established in 1985, as Ark Royal was coming out of build, with the 17th/21st Lancers which subsequently amalgamated with another regiment to become the Queen's Royal Lancers.


The Queen's Royal Lancers is an Reconnaissance Regiment operating the Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicle. Over the years there have been many events to promote this affiliation, including medium term loan drafts, ship visits, sporting events and the regimental band playing at various Ark Royal social events.



 Worshipful Company of Shipwrights


The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights

The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights is one of the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London. Its full title, recorded in the Ordinances, is 'The Ancient Fraternity or Brotherhood of Free Shipwrights of London'. Their motto is "Within the Ark safe for ever".

 Royal Air Force Aerobatics Team

Royal Air Force Aerobatics Team (The Red Arrows)

An affiliation with the Red Arrows was established in 2001 as Ark was emerging from her first refit.


The team was formed in late 1964 as an all-RAF team, replacing a number of unofficial teams that had been sponsored by RAF commands.


The Red Arrows badge shows the aircraft in their trademark diamond nine formation, with the motto Éclat, a French word meaning "brilliance" or "excellence".



The Fifty Fund


The Fifty Fund

The Fifty Fund is a charity that restores and maintains old locomotives including 50035 Ark Royal.


The affiliation was originally established by Ark Royal IV.

Ark Royal Crest


The Wartime Ark Royal Association

Another affiliation inherited from Ark Royal IV for obvious reasons.


The Association held their 60th Anniversary Dinner on Ark on 13th November 2001.





Other Affiliations

Leeds United F.C.
Jaguar Cars Ltd

Mary Rose Trust
Leeds Chamber of Commerce
Royal Armouries Museum
Yorkshire Fleet Air Arm Association
Headingley Royal Naval Association
Leeds Royal Naval Association
Reigate Royal Naval Association
RAF Boulmer

Leeds Branch RN Historic Flight Support Group

King's College School CCF Wimbledon
St. John's School CCF Leatherhead
Whitgift School South Croydon
TS Ark Royal (Leeds)
TS Ark Royal (Reigate)
TS Apollo (Marlow)
TS Gamecock (Shirely and District)




Reunion Dinner 2019