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HMS Ark Royal - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Ark Royal

Name : HMS Ark Royal
Laid Down : 3rd May 1943
Launched : 3rd May 1950
Completed : 25th February 1955
Type : Aircraft Carrier
Class : Audacious
Builder : Cammell Laird
Country : UK
Pennants : R09
Fate : Scrapped 1980.

Deck letter R. Laid down as HMS Irresistible she was renamed Ark Royal prior to launching. Her sister ship, HMS Eagle, was originally to be called Audacious, hence the class name of Audacious. The remaining two of the proposed class were cancelled at the end of the war. She was the first British aircraft carrier to be completed with an angled flight deck and steam catapults, as opposed to having them fitted after completion. She was decommissioned on 14th February 1979 and was eventually scrapped at Cairnryan, arriving in September 1980.

(This information supplied by Tony Sheppey) Eagle was broken up at Cairnryan. I served on Eagle during 1971 - 1972 during her last commission and on retiring from the Royal Navy shortly afterwards moved to Northern Ireland and took employment with the Shipbuilder Harland and Wolff, which was where Eagle was built. So there was a good deal of interest by myself and my shipyard colleagues when Eagle was finally towed to Cairnryan, on the Scottish shore just upposite Larne. I well remember seeing Eagle at various stages of her dismantling on occasions when travelling between Larne and Stranraer and Cairnryan and thinking what a sad site it is to see a ship being broken up.

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HMS Ark Royal - Cruise 1978

Abstract : Complete list of port visits and dates for the 1978 cruise to West Indies and the United States.

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Known Crew Details :

Name

Start of Service

End of Service

Known Date

James Tate Bryce

4th February 1964

23rd March 1967

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Timeline Entries :


3rd May 1950 - Launched
27th May 1957 - Review of the Home Fleet in Cromarty Firth by H.M. Queen
16th September 1957 - Sailed the Clyde for N.A.T.O. Exercise
29th May 1958 - Off Lebanon
11th December 1959 - Recommissioned after refit in Plymouth
24th April 1961 - At Plymouth
3rd December 1962 - West of Aden
16th December 1962 - Arrived Devonport from the Far East
December 1974 - Western Atlantic
1st September 1977 - Sailed Plymouth
15th September 1977 - Arrived Leith
20th September 1977 - Sailed Leith
30th September 1977 - Arrived Hamburg
5th October 1977 - Sailed Hamburg
17th October 1977 - Commenced Exercise "Ocean Safari"
28th October 1977 - Completed "Exercise Safari"
1st November 1977 - Arrived Gibraltar
2nd November 1977 - Sailed Gibraltar
5th November 1977 - Arrived Malta
12th November 1977 - Sailed Malta
15th November 1977 - Completed "Isle D'or"
26th November 1977 - Completed "Isle D'or"
28th November 1977 - Arrived Naples
5th December 1977 - Sailed Naples
8th December 1977 - Arrived Gibraltar
10th December 1977 - Sailed Gibraltar
15th December 1977 - Arrived Plymouth
5th April 1978 - Sailed Plymouth
17th April 1978 - Arrived Roosevelt Roads
20th April 1978 - Sailed Roosevelt Roads
9th May 1978 - Arrived St. Thomas
15th May 1978 - Sailed St. Thomas
30th May 1978 - Arrived Ft. Lauderdale
13th June 1978 - Sailed Ft. Lauderdale
23rd June 1978 - Arrived Mayport
8th August 1978 - Sailed Mayport
14th August 1978 - Arrived Norfolk
21st August 1978 - Sailed Norfolk
4th December 1978 - Royal Arrived Plymouth
2nd January 1979 - At Plymouth
2nd January 1979 - At Plymouth
May 1979 - Broken up

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HMS Ark Royal (1970s Carrier) by Ivan Berryman

Zulu! The Battle for Rorkes Drift 1879.

Three Ark Royals 1938 - 1999 by Neil McCart.


Arks Angels by Randall Wilson.

Ark Royal by Philip West.

Ark Royal by Robert Taylor

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