HMS Ark Royal passes through the Thames Barrier - 3rd June 1987
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6th - 11th January - At sea for Shakedown.
12th January - Rendezvous with escorts for CARIBTRAIN deployment.
1st February - Arrive in Barbados.
2nd February - Captain Michael Harris joins as new Commanding Officer.
3rd February - Captain Weatherall departs.
9th February - Depart from Barbados.
20th - 21st February - Anchor off Tortola, British Virgin Islands for beach banyans.
24th - 28th February - Visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
7th - 16th? March - Visit to Mayport, Florida for Short Maintenence Period and station leave.
23rd - 27th? March - Visit to Charleston, South Carolina.
9th April - Portsmouth for Short Maintenance Period (SMP) and Easter leave.
May - ASW Exercises in North Western Approaches.
25th - 29th May - Staff College Sea Days.
2nd June - Sail from Portsmouth.
3rd June - Pass through Thames Barrier to anchor off Greenwich.
8th June - White Ensign Association charity banquet held in the hangar and on the flight deck. Guest of honour, Princess Alexandra.
9th June - Informal visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
10th June - Sail from Greenwich.
12th June - Arrive Rosyth.
13th - 14th June - Rosyth Navy Days.
16th June - Sail from Rosyth.
16th - 25th June - Joint Maritime Course (JMC).
26th - 29th June - Rosyth.
29th - 30th June - Exercise HADRIAN'S WALL.
1st July - Portsmouth.
3rd July - Families Day. Event includes filming of a song & dance routine by Grace Kennedy with the Nigel Lithgoe Dancers for an August edition of ITV's Summertime Special.
13th July - Commence Docking and Assisted Maintenance Period (DAMP).
18th August - Move from dry dock.
29th - 31st August - Portsmouth Navy Days.
1st - 4th September - Shakedown and Post-Maintenance Trials (at sea).
6th - 11th September - Royal Navy Equipment Exhibition (at sea). Includes visit by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
14th September - Sail from Portsmouth for Shakedown and preparations for COST.
22nd September - Commence Continuation Operational Sea Training (COST) at Portland.
11th October - FOST Final Inspection, COST complete.
14th - 21st October - Aviation Work Up.
21st - 23rd October - Operational Readiness Inspection.
23rd October - Portsmouth for Self Maintenance Period (SMP).
2nd November - Sail from Portsmouth.
4th - 19th November - Exercise PURPLE WARRIOR.
20th - 23rd November - Visit to Cherbourg
24th November - Portsmouth.
December - Base-Assisted Maintenence Period (BAMP) and Christmas leave.
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