HMS ILLUSTRIOUS ASSOCIATION

The Official Website of the HMS Illustrious Association

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 If you served in HMS Illustrious why not meet your old oppos, meet new ones of the ship we were all proud to serve.

 
 

From: Vice Admiral R G Cooling CB., FCMI.

Tockwith

North Yorkshire  

February 2016 

 

Dear ILLUSTRIOUS Shipmates and Family Members,

 

I am delighted that you have found your way to the newly launched Association website and I hope very much that you approve of what you see and take advantage of the online method of joining the Association, you will be most warmly welcomed!  Now that our magnificent Ship has been decommissioned and is no longer with us, the Association offers a great way to stay in touch with old shipmates and provides a unique opportunity to relive that sense of camaraderie and being a member of a great team that we all experienced during our time on board. I am happy to admit that I miss my time on Lusty enormously and I can honestly say that I enjoyed the happiest moments of my career at that time. If you share similar feelings then joining the Association would be a great move.

You will know that Admiral Sir Jock Slater was the Ship’s first Captain. He very succinctly summarised our history in the Foreword to our recently published book ‘HMS ILLUSTRIOUS 1982 – 2014’ with these words:  

‘ILLUSTRIOUS has had many affiliations since 1982 but none more so than the ILLUSTRIOUS Association which was formed that year with its flourishing National, Northern and Southern Branches. From that moment, the members took the ship to their hearts, enjoying many visits at sea and ashore, countless reunions and particularly the Annual Memorial Service in the City. Inevitably, the number of those who served in the fourth ILLUSTRIOUS is dwindling but happily the new generation is beginning to join and I very much hope that many others will consider membership and the opportunity it gives to look back on the part they have played in the ship’s distinguished history.’  

   Let me add that alongside our former shipmates we are very keen to welcome associate/family members to the Association, so if you have a family or other direct connection with the Ship then we would really like to hear from you too (for example, I think it would be great to have an application from someone who helped to build the Ship on the Tyne).

Finally it has been my privilege to be President of the Association for the last 9 years, and with my wife Helen, we very rarely miss an opportunity to spend time with our great friends at Association events. I think you would find membership an equally rewarding and uplifting experience.

Yours aye,

‘Captain’ Bob

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78-Launch 02
78-In build
78-12-4-Launch
78-Launch 01
80's-New York
78-Launch
80-2-27-In Build
82-6-24-Passing Ark Royal in Tyneside
82-Entry into Portsmouth 01
82-8-28-Two Carriers
82-Entry into Portsmouth
82-First Commission
82-Illustrious & Invincible
83-3-30-Rededication 01
83-3-30-Rededication Cake
83-3-30-Rededication Order of Service
83-3-30-Rededication
83-6-9-Lisbon
83-5-29-Illustrious & Novorossysk
83-6-9-RAS with HMS Naiad
84-10-20-Prod A Gibraltar
84-10-27-Prod A
84-10-30-Lusty At Sea
84-11-5-Prod A Gibraltar
84-11-15-Lusty & Ark
84-12-10-Load Lifting
84-12-10-Busy Hangar
84-12-10-Loch Linnie Sea Harrier
84-Ex Autumn Train-RAS RAF Olmeda 01
84-Ex Autumn Train-RAS RAF Olmeda
85-5-26-Portland
85-11-11-Line Astern
86-2-4-Seaking Flyby
86-10-4-Sydney-RAN Royal Review
86-10-6-Sydney
87-5-6-Missile Firing
86-Global
88-02-18-Forth Rail Bridge
93-11-17-Devonport 01
88-8-RAS RFA Appleleaf, Illustrious, Intrepid
93-11-17-Devonport
94-Ark & Lusty
95-2-28-Gib with Invincible
95-4-1-UN Cabs on deck
95-4-4-4 Ship RAS
95-5-11-Malta
95-4-4-RAS with Coventry in Adriatic
95-11-26-Missile Firing
95-12-22-IFOR
95-11-Adriatic
95-12-30-Gibraltar
96-1-19-Harrier Flypast
96-2-4-Seakings on deck
96-2-4-Seaking Dipping
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96-3-2-Harrier Chinook
96-3-2-Harrier Chinook 01
96-3-8-Harrier Flypast
96-3-8-Harriers on Deck 01
96-3-8-Harriers on deck
96-5-Entering New York
96-4-27-RAS with Glasgow
97-4-Harrier Launch
98-4-USS John C Stennis
98-2-20-Suez Transit
98-Full Dockyard
98-Jun-Portsmouth
99-4-Rosyth
98-Prod A Portsmouth
99-Full Steam Ahead
99-Pre Wet
2001-OP VERITAS
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2000-Full Flight Deck
2000-Busy Flight Deck
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