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HMS Ark Royal

Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier

Commissioning Cake

The Hon. Mrs Jean Weatherall & JMEM Tony "Scouse" McCarthy cut the commissioning cake - 1st November 1985.

HMS Ark Royal Ship's Programme 1985

Some dates may be approximate. If you are able to provide more accurate information or to correct an error then please email us.




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June 1985

27th June - Ark Royal's first Commanding Officer, Captain James Weatherall joins.

28th June - The ship sails from Tyneside.



July 1985

1st July - Enter Portsmouth, berth Middle Slip Jetty. Remainder of Ship's Company joins. Formal acceptance ceremony on the flight deck.

15th July - Sail from Portsmouth for Sea Acceptance Trials.

20th - 21st July - Visit to Torquay.

22nd July - Commence Safety Operational Sea Training (SOST) at Portland.


August 1985

1st August - SOST complete.

2nd August - Portsmouth for Summer leave

24th - 26th August - Portsmouth Navy Days.


September 1985 

9th - 13th September - Royal Navy Equipment Exhibition.


October 1985

1st - 25th October - Sea Acceptance Trials.

25th October - Portsmouth.


November 1985

1st November - Commissioning Ceremony in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

4th November - Sail for continuing sea trials in the Mediterranean.

9th - 14th November - Gibraltar

25th - 28th? November - Marseilles


December 1985

2nd - 4th December - Souda Bay, Crete.

7th-9th December - Gibraltar

16th December - Portsmouth



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