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The History of the HMS Ark Royals

26/11/2021 19:30 - 21:00

A Friday Evening Talk by Rear Admiral David Snelson CB FNI

Rear Admiral David Snelson, CB is a retired naval officer and an Elder Brother of the Corporation of Trinity House. During his naval career he held a number posts and commands including HMS Liverpool and later as commanding officer of the last HMS Ark Royal. Subsequently he served as Commandeer UK Maritime Forces, then RN Commander for Operation Telic and later as Chief of Staff (Warfare) for the Fleet. After his his retirement from the Navy in 2006 he become Chief Harbour Master for the Port of London Authority till 2011. He then became a Non Executive Director of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Port of Milford Haven till finally retiring in 2018.

The first Ark Royal was the flagship of the English fleet which defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588. The second began life as a merchantman before being converted for the RN as a seaplane carrier in 1914, serving in the Gallipoli campaign. Reamed HMS Pegasus in 1930, the ship continued in the training and trials roles until 1944. The third Ark Royal, an aircraft carrier launched in 1937, took part in operations off Norway; in the hunts for the Graf Spee and Bismarck and with Malta convoys. Torpedoed, the ship sank in the Mediterranean in 1941. The fourth Ark Royal was was laid down in 1943, launched in 1950, and commissioned in 1955 and decommissioned in 1979. The fifth and last Ark Royal was the last of the Invincible class launched in 1981 and decommissioned in 2011.

Supper will be available in the clubhouse from 1800.