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HMS Ark Royal

Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier

Duke of York on Ark Royal

The Duke of York meets Ops Room staff during his visit to Ark Royal - 29th July 2001

HMS Ark Royal Ship's Programme 2001

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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January 2001

January - Cold move to Rosyth's J and K Berths.



February 2001

February - Refit in Rosyth. 



March 2001

March - Refit in Rosyth.

30th March - Ship's Staff Move On Board Date.



April 2001

April - Refit in Rosyth.



May 2001

May - Captain David Snelson joins as Commanding Officer.



June 2001

June - Refit in Rosyth.



July 2001

13th July - Sail from Rosyth for Sea Trials.

30th July - Visit (at sea) by HRH The Duke of York to mark the end of his naval career.



August 2001

August - Rosyth for refit and Summer leave.

29th August - Sail from Rosyth.

31st August - Portsmouth.



September 2001

4th September - Sail from Portsmouth for weapons and aviation trials.

21st - 24th September - Visit to Cherbourg.

28th September - Portsmouth for maintenance and defect rectification.



October 2001

8th October - Sail from Portsmouth for sea trials.

17th - 19th October? - Ammunition ship at Crombie Ammunition Depot.

20th - 24th October - Visit to Amsterdam.

26th October - Portsmouth.



November 2001

2nd November - Ship's Acceptance Off-Contract (official end of refit period).

9th November - Ready for Fleet Date Inspection.

22nd November - Rededication Service in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.



December 2001

December - At sea for marine engineering and aviation trials.

15th December - "Ark Royal's Stars In Their Eyes" show (sods opera) in the hangar.

17th December - Portsmouth for maintenance and Christmas leave.



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