Bob Geldof performs on Ark Royal The Rock Show - 26th October 1986.
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January - At sea for 909 and ADAWS trials.
February - Visit to Amsterdam.
20th February - Operational Date Material Assessment.
24th February - Commence Basic Operation Sea Training (BOST) at Portland.
20th March - Final Thursday War - BOST complete.
21st March - Portsmouth. Easter leave commences.
7th April - Day at sea for live broadcast of BBC's Pebble Mill at 1, guest Samantha Fox. Radio 2 presenters including Ken Bruce, Jimmy Young and Gloria Hunniford also broadcast their shows live from the ship off the Isle of Wight.
8th April - Private visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
9th - 22nd April - At sea for Air Group Work Up.
23rd April - Operational Readiness Inspection.
24th April - Portsmouth. Commence Base-Assisted Maintenance Period (to include fitting of the ship's Vulcan Phalanx weapons systems). Summer leave commences.
May - BAMP and Summer Leave.
2nd - 6th June - At sea. Shakedown.
6th June - Portsmouth. Preparations for deployment.
17th June - Sail for WESTLANT deployment.
19th - 27th June - Exercise LIBERTY TRAIN.
28th June - Arrive New York City.
2nd July - Sail from New York to regroup with escorts.
3rd July - Ceremonial re-entry into New York Harbour as part of an international fleet. Anchor.
4th July - International Fleet Review and official re-opening of the Statue of Liberty by President Ronald Reagan.
9th July - Depart from New York.
10th - 21st July - Anti-submarine warfare exercises.
23rd - 30th July - Visit to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for Short Maintenance Period (SMP) and station leave.
31st July - Commence trials at the AUTEC Ranges, Andros Island, Bahamas.
7th August - Trials at AUTEC Ranges complete.
9th - 15th August - Visit to Norfolk, Virginia.
15th - 29th August - Exercise NORTHERN ENGAGEMENT.
29th August - Exercise NORTHERN WEDDING commences.
19th September - Exercise NORTHERN WEDDING ends.
22nd - 26th September - Visit to Amsterdam.
27th September - Portsmouth for Short Maintenance period.
13th October - Sail from Portsmouth.
13th - 23rd October - Exercise AUTUMN TRAIN.
23rd October - Arrive in Gibraltar to prepare ship for the Rock Show.
26th October - Recording of Ark Royal The Rock Show on the flight deck. Stars performing on board are Cyndi Lauper, Alison Moyet, Bob Geldof and Paul Young.
27th October - Sail from Gibraltar.
30th October - Arrive in Lisbon for informal visit and embarkation of Dutch marines.
3rd November - Depart Lisbon.
3rd - 13th November - Exercise HIGH TIDE.
14th - 19th November - Informal visit to Hamburg.
20th November - Portsmouth for maintence period and Christmas leave.
25th December - Broadcast of Ark Royal The Rock Show on ITV.
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