Phantom F4K Royal Navy
Aircraft Carrier Fighter/Supersonic Interceptor
Ground Attack/Strike.

Commission of 1970/1973

9th November 1970. A Russian Navy Kotlin (SAM) collides with HMS Ark Royal while shadowing her.

Under Construction (892 Sqn activity to be added)

From the archive of Lt. Cdr. Ian Pratt RN. , who served as a Gunnery officer (G2) on HMS Ark Royal 1969/1972. Ian flew in a Phantom F4k of 892 Sqn with the Squadron Commander Officer prior to the very first embarkation.


HMS Ark Royal 1966 to 1973

  • May 1st to 15thFlying Trials. Lyme Bay/Plymouth Areas
  • 15th to 11th JuneDevon port. Post Flying trials rectification
  • 14th to 20th JuneFirst Work Up in the Moray Firth
  • 20th to 22nd June At anchor off Lossiemouth
  • 22nd to 25th JuneFirst Work Up Moray Firth continued
  • 27th to 30th JuneAt Liverpool
  • 1stto 9th JulySecond Work Up Bristol Channel
  • 10th to 20th JulyDevonport for SMP
  • 20th to 27th JulyThird Work Up Bristol Channel
  • 28th to 29th JulyOperational Readiness Inspection (ORI)
  • 31st July to 3rd SeptemberDevonport Assisted Maintenance Period (AMP)
  • 3rd to 5th SeptemberFlyex in Plymouth Areas
  • 5th SeptemberFamilies Day
  • 7th to 17th SeptemberFlyex and Workup Bristol Channel and Irish Sea. 8th to 9th Sept on standby for burning freighterSt Brenden off Lundy island
  • 20th to 26th SeptemberExercise "Northern Wedding"
  • 28th September to 2nd OctoberAt Oslo. Exercise Northern Wedding. Post Exercise Debrief (PED) at Kolsas
  • 4th to 10th OctoberDevonport. Repair defects on Catapult and Arrester Gear
  • 11th to 14th OctoberCatapult and Arrester Gear Trials. Lyme Bay and Plymouth Areas
  • 19th to 29th OctoberAt Malta. SMP.
  • 29th to 14th NovemberExercise "Lime Jug" 1970
  • 9th NovemberCollision with Surveillance Russian Navy Kotlin Class (Side Number 365) South of Greece
  • 9th to 10th NovemberSearch and Rescue Operations
  • 14th NovemberStandby for HMS Fife with major fire
  • 16th to 25th NovemberAt Malta. SMP.
  • 26th to 30th NovemberFlyex. Malta Areas
  • 29th NovemberHot Air Balloon Launch to Malta
  • 1st DecemberFilming of "MedPatrol"
  • 3rd to 8th DecemberAt Naples
  • 8th to 10th DecemberFlyex. Sardinia Areas
  • 12th to 14th DecemberAt Gibraltar
  • 18th to December to 15th April 1971Devonport Dockyard Refit
  • 9th MarchCaptain J. O. Roberts. RN. Assumes Command
  • 15th to 18th AprilPost Refit Trials. Plymouth/Portland/Clyde Areas
  • 19th to 29th AprilWork Up Moray Firth
  • 30th April to 3rd MayAt Rosyth
  • 4th to 18th MayWork Up and Harrier Deck Trials. Moray Firth
  • 9th to 10th MayAt anchor off Lossiemouth
  • 11th to 19th May Work Up and Harrier Trials. Moray Firth
  • 16th MayAt anchor off Lossiemouth
  • 21st May to 2nd JuneDevonport. SMP.
  • 2nd to 11th JunePassage to West Indies. Flyex on Passage
  • 11th JuneAt anchor off Puerto Rico
  • 12th to 15th JuneExercise "Rimex/Barex" Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range (AFWR)
  • 16th to 19th JuneExercise "Opredex" with USS America at the AFWR and transit to Bermuda.
  • 22nd to 29th JuneAt Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • 30th June to 7th JulyAt Mayport. SMP)
  • 11th to 18th JulyFlyex and Phantom Hot Weather Trials.(AFWR)
  • 19th to 21st JulyAt St Thomas Virgin Isles
  • 21st to 30th JulyOn passage to Plymouth28th July meet yacht "British Steel" 200 nm south west of Lands End
  • 30th July to 2nd AugustAt "Charlie Buoy" Plymouth Sound
  • 2nd to 4th AugustOperation "Lymelight". Lyme Bay
  • 5th AugustFamilies Day (Up Harbour)
  • 5th August to 14th SeptemberDevonport. AMP
  • 17th to 25th SeptemberFlyex. Moray Firth.
  • 27th September to 4th OctoberExercise "Royal Knight". Norwegian Sea/North Cape/North Sea
  • 4th to 7th OctoberPXD at Rosyth for Exercise "Royal Knight"
  • 7th to 8th OctoberExercise "Magic Sword IV". North Sea
  • 9th to 29th OctoberAt Portsmouth. SMP.
  • 30th October to 2nd NovemberFlyex South West Approaches
  • 4th NovemberMemorial Service for the third HMS Ark Royal 3. East of Gibraltar.
  • 5th to 9th NovemberAt Palma
  • 11th to 14th NovemberExercise "Med Passage" with USS Independence. Ionian Sea.
  • 15th to 18th NovemberFlyex. Malta Areas.
  • 19th to 24th NovemberAt Malta SMP.
  • 25th NovemberFlyex. Sardinia Areas.
  • 26th November to 2nd DecemberFlyex. Gibraltar Areas.
  • 2nd to 4th DecemberAt Gibraltar
  • 7th December to 20th January 1972Devonport. AMP.
  • 20th JanuarySail for Virginia Capes Area
  • January 26thDiverted to British Honduras. HMS Ark Royal Aircraft overflew Belize.
  • 30th January to 1st FebruaryFlyex. Key West Areas.
  • 4th to 11th FebruaryAt New York
  • 14th to 18th FebruaryFlyex. Puerto Rico Areas (AFWR)
  • 19th to 20th FebruaryAt Virgin Gorda
  • 22nd to 27th FebruaryExercise "Lantreadex" with USS F. D. Roosevelt. (AFWR).
  • 29th FebruaryAt Roosevelt Roads
  • 1st to 9th MarchPassage to Devonport. Flyex on passage.
  • 9th March to 6th JuneDevonport. (DED)
  • 6th to 11th JunePost DED trials. Plymouth Portland Areas.
  • 12th to 16th JuneFlyex South West Approaches.
  • 19th to 23rd JuneFlyex Cape Wrath/Moray Firth
  • 26th to 29th JuneFlyex SW Approaches
  • 30th June to 10th JulyAt Portsmouth. SMP. "Meet the Navy"
  • 11th to 12th JulyFlyex SW Approaches
  • 13th to 16rd JulyExercise "West Hoe" off W. Ireland.
  • 17th JulyOperation Readiness Inspection. (ORI).
  • 18th to 31st AugustDevonport AMP.
  • 22nd AugustCaptain A. D. Cassidi RN assumes command.
  • 3rd SeptemberAnchor off Lossiemouth
  • 4th to 11th SeptemberFlyex Moray Firth.
  • 14th to 28th SeptemberExercise "Strong Express". Norwegian Sea/North Cape
  • 29th September to 5th OctoberAt Rosyth. PXD.
  • 5th to 10th OctoberFlyex. North Sea. Moray Firth
  • 12th to 17th OctoberAt Oslo
  • 20th October to 7th NovemberAt Portsmouth. SMP.
  • 7th to 14th NovemberFlyex SW Appraches
  • 17th to 22nd NovemberAt Barcelona
  • 25th to 26th NovemberExercise "Corsica 72"
  • 27th November to 4th DecemberFlyex Sardinia Areas
  • 6th to 8th DecemberAt Gibraltar
  • 12th December to 25th January 1973Devonport. AMP/
  • 26th January to 2nd FebruaryFlyex SW Approaches
  • 4th to 8th February"Exercise "Sunny Seas" off Portugal
  • 9th to 12th FebruaryAtGibraltar
  • 14th to 22nd FebruaryExercise "Sardex" off Sardinia
  • 23rd February to 6th March At Malta AMP
  • 6th to 11th MarchExercise "Ruler". Western Mediterranean West of Gibraltar
  • 15th March to 30th AprilDevonport AMP
  • 1st to 5th MayFlyex Plymouth Areas
  • 5th to 14th MayPassage to West Indies. Ex "Passex" with French Carrier Group
  • 14th MayAt Roosevelt Roads
  • 15th to 24th MayFlyex AFWR
  • 25th to 27th MayAt St Thomas Virgin isles
  • 31st May to 6th JuneExercise "Lantreadex" with USS F.D. Roosevelt. AFWR.
  • 8th to 14th JuneFort Lauderdale. Port Everglades.
  • 15th to 19th JuneFlyex. Jacksonville Areas.
  • 19th to 30th JuneAt Mayport. SMP.
  • 30th June to 9th JulyPassage to North of Scotland. Flyex on passage.
  • 9th to 13th JulyExercise "JMC 148". (Joint Maritime Cooperation)
  • 14th to 17th JulyFlyex. North Sea.
  • 18th to 23rd JulyAT Rosyth. Fleet Gathering.
  • 23rd to 24th JulyExercise "Sally Forth". North Sea.
  • 26th July Families Day
  • 26th JulyArrive Devonport. Prepare for refit.
  • 25th October 1973

HMS Ark Royal awarded the freedom of the City of Leeds

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