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Admiral Sir Michael Layard, KCB, CBE

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Admiral Sir Michael Layard, KCB, CBE retired from the Royal Navy in 1995 after some 40 years service – first as a Seaman Officer, then as a Fighter Pilot, flying from the aircraft carriers HMS Eagle and HMS Ark Royal. He commanded the last Sea Vixen Squadron, 899, HMS Lincoln, HMS Cardiff and the Royal Naval Air Station at Culdrose. He was also the last Commander Air in the former HMS Ark Royal. His first job as a Rear Admiral, in 1988, was as the Fleet Air Arm Tribal Chief, FONAC, later to embrace all active Naval Aviation as the FONA. Finally, he was the first combined Second Sea Lord and CinC Naval Home Command, on the Admiralty Board and responsible for all Royal Naval and Royal Marine people policy. He took part in several “bush fire” conflicts in the Middle and Far East during the 60s and 70s. He saw action in the Falklands War, as the Senior Naval Officer in MV Atlantic Conveyor. He was awarded the CBE. Now, in retirement, he is involved in too many things ranging from Charities and Trusts, to School Governorships, the NHS and the Fleet Air Arm Museum. He and his wife, Elspeth have lived in Somerset, on and off, for over 35 years and she is the proud Sponsor who launched the Duke Class Frigate, HMS Somerset. They have two delightful married sons. He says he is a passable painter and a passionate sailor and they are never happier than when they are “collecting experiences” – he did a bungie jump in New Zealand on his sixtieth birthday! His 32-foot yacht ‘Banjo’ is the second most beautiful woman in his life.

Items Signed by Admiral Sir Michael Layard, KCB, CBE

HMS Ark Royal IV - Flagship of the Flag Officer Aircraft Carriers - a mobile airfield and a most impressive sight as she launches a Phantom from one of her catapults. She had a standard displacement of 43,000 tons, a beam of 168 feet, and was 846 fee......Ark Royal by Philip West.
Price : £120.00
HMS Ark Royal IV - Flagship of the Flag Officer Aircraft Carriers - a mobile airfield and a most impressive sight as she launches a Phantom from one of her catapults. She had a standard displacement of 43,000 tons, a beam of 168 feet, and was 846 fee......

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HMS Ark Royal IV - Flagship of the Flag Officer Aircraft Carriers - a mobile airfield and a most impressive sight as she launches a Phantom from one of her catapults. She had a standard displacement of 43,000 tons, a beam of 168 feet, and was 846 fee......Ark Royal by Philip West (AP)
Price : £140.00
HMS Ark Royal IV - Flagship of the Flag Officer Aircraft Carriers - a mobile airfield and a most impressive sight as she launches a Phantom from one of her catapults. She had a standard displacement of 43,000 tons, a beam of 168 feet, and was 846 fee......

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HMS Ark Royal IV - Flagship of the Flag Officer Aircraft Carriers - a mobile airfield and a most impressive sight as she launches a Phantom from one of her catapults. She had a standard displacement of 43,000 tons, a beam of 168 feet, and was 846 fee......Ark Royal by Philip West (B)
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HMS Ark Royal IV - Flagship of the Flag Officer Aircraft Carriers - a mobile airfield and a most impressive sight as she launches a Phantom from one of her catapults. She had a standard displacement of 43,000 tons, a beam of 168 feet, and was 846 fee......NOT
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