HMS Ark Royal

The Last Commission

1976 to 1978

 

   

Index

 

     

 

The last commission of HMS ARK Royal has been as active and demanding as any that went before. The ship has been the Flagship of the Silver Jubilee Review, has taken part in five major international exercises and has been thrust more into the limelight than ever before by a successful television series. Moreover, being the last commission of the last CVA, the ship has attracted more interest from both the media and the public than any other ship in the Fleet. 

It is a tribute to every man on board that wherever she has been, whatever she has done, ARK ROYAL has emerged with credit. 

This is a welcome opportunity for me to say well done and thank you to the Ship’s Company for keeping the ship fully operational right up to the end of the commission; not forgetting the support that we have all had from our wives and families. They also deserve a big thank you. 

CAPTAIN E.R. ANSON, Royal Navy            

     
Page Title  
01 Ark Royal heritage
02 The 'present' Ark Royal
03

The Beginning of the end: September to October 1976

04

Refit: October 1976 to June 1977

05

Sea Acceptance Trials: June 1977

06

The Silver Jubilee Preparations: 20-28June 1977

07

The Silver Jubilee Fleet review: 28June 1977

08

Fleet Steam Past: 29June 1977

09

Mini CAG and Summer Leave: 30 June to 31 August 1977

10

Work Up Phase 1 & Firth of Forth: 1-20 September 1977

11

Work Up Phase 2: 20-28 September 1977

12

Hamburg: 30 September to 5 October 1977

13

Work Up Phase III: 7-14 October 1977

14

Ocean Safari: 17-28 October 1977

15

Passage to Gibraltar:  28 October to 1 November 1977

16

Gibraltar and Beyond: 1-5 November 1977

17

Malta:  5-12 November 1977

18

Passage to Toulon & Exercise Isle D'OR: 12-18 Nov 1977

19

Naples: 28 November  to 5 December 1977

20

Passage to Gibraltar & Gibraltar: 10-16 December 1977

21

Homeward Bound: 10-16 December 1977

22

The Damp & Work Up: 16 December 1977 to 4 April 1978

23

Westlant Deployment: 1978

24

On passage: 5-17 April 1978

25

Roosevelt Roads: 17-20 April 1978

26

Atlantic Fleet Weapon Ranges: 20 April  to 8 May 1978

27

St Thomas, US Virgin Islands: 9-15 May 1978

28

Jacksonville Seas: 15-30 May 1978

29

Fort Lauderdale: 30 May to 13 June 1978

30

Jacksonville Seas: 14-23 June 1978

31

Mayport Naval Base: 23 June to 8 August 1978

32

Norfolk: 8-21 August 1978

33

Eastlant: 21 August to 19 September 1978

34

Queen Mother's Visit:  20 September 1978

35

Gibraltar: 20 Sept to 2 Oct 1978

36

On Passage & Exercise Display Determination: Oct 1978

37

Naples & On Passage: 16-27 October 1978

38

Athens & On Passage: 27 October to 6 November 1978

39

Malta & On Passage: 6-20 November 1978

40

Mallorca and CAG Disembarkation:  November 1978

41

Homeward Leg: 28 November to 4 December1978

42

SAR Flight

43 892 Squadron
44 809 Squadron
45 849 Squadron
46 824 Squadron
47

Officers & Men: Executive Department

48 Officers & Men: Seamen
49 Officers & Men: PT Department
50

Officers & Men: Communicators

51

Officers & Men: Regulators

52

Officers & Men: Meteorology & Education

53

Officers & Men: Chaplains

54

Officers & Men: Medical & Dental

55

Officers & Men: Marine Engineering Department

56

Officers & Men: Weapons Engineering Department

57

Officers & Men: Air Department

58 Officers & Men: Air Engineering Department
59 Officers & Men: Supply Department
60

Officers & Men: SAR Flight

61

Officers & Men: 892 Squadron

62

Officers & Men: 809 Squadron

63 Officers & Men: 849 Squadron
64 Officers & Men: 824 Squadron
65

Officers & Men: Officers Under Training

66

Officers & Men: Royal Marine Band

67

Officers & Men: NAAFI Staff

68 Officers & Men: Unofficial Chinese
69 Extras: Peter Cook & Dudley Moore
70 Extras: Sailor
71 Extras: noticeboard
72 Extras: Gronk Board
73 Extras: Links
     
     

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