34 NAVY NEWS, AUGUST 2009
News and information for serving personnel
The states of
THE QUEEN is honouring the memory memory “The solemn dignity which w“The solemn e attach to
AS PART of the last budget it was Camp: a variety of different work
of the thousands of Service personnel ersonnel
the names of those who hathe names of t ve fallen is deeply
announced £50 million of capital for all ranks including replacement
A NEW catalogue (in a tasteful
who have died for this country by ntry by
engrained in our narained in tional character. As a
expenditure was going to be windows, some redecoration,
shade of pink) has just been advanced to the current fi nancial
giving her name to the Elizabeth beth
people,people, we e accord this ultimaa te sacrifice the
improvements to the utility areas.
released by the British Defence
highest honour and respect.highest ho ”
year for spending on Service ■ 42 Commando Bickleigh:
Film Library. Cross.
Her Majesty concluded:H “I
accommodation. The Royal upgrade of bathrooms, some
The updated and revised The Elizabeth Cross will be
grereatly hope that the Elizabeth
Navy’s share of this is a total of £6 furniture replacement and some
BDFL catalogue is in full granted to the next of kin of military
Cross will gCro ive further meaning to
million. redecoration for junior rates.
colour, and contains details of personnel killed on operations or
the nathe tion’s debt of gratitude to the
Although the advance does not ■ 45 Commando Condor:
the training media for all three as the result of terrorism.
ffaamilies and lom ved ones of those
represent additional funding as it refurbishment of officers
services, including programmes Not since 1940 has the name of
who hawho ve died in the service of our has to be repaid over the next two accommodation.
from the Army Recruiting Group, a reigning monarch been given to
countrcou y. financial years it is nonetheless ■ CTCRM Lympstone: upgrade
Captain Naval Recruiting and the a new award.
“W“ e will remember them.” going to provide some immediate of a number of bathroom areas
Directorate of Public Relations Next of kin will receive the improvements for Service across the site, some redecoration,
■ More infor More mation can be found online
RAF. Elizabeth Cross – a sterling silver emblem mblem
atat: http://wwwhttp://w .mod.uk/DefenceInternet/
personnel particularly those just across all ranks.
BDFL supplies the in the shape of a cross over a wreath – with h – with
DefenceFor/VDefenceFor/Veterans/Medals, by calling returned from operations. ■ RM Chivenor: refurbishment
programmes from a library of a memorial cross signed by the Queen which en which
0800 085 3600 or by wr0800 085 3600 iting to: The Navy has also received of officers living accommodation
some 1,500 titles, available to bears the name of the person who died.ied.
MODMOD Medal Office some additional resource funding and bathrooms, including creation
all military personnel free of The arms of the cross bear the floral symbols ral symbols
BuBuilding 250ild of £1.7 million. The difference of some en-suite rooms.
charge. of England (rose), Scotland (thistle),stle) NorNorthern ImjinImjin Barracks between the two types of ■ RMB Stonehouse:
The catalogue includes an Ireland (shamrock) and Wales (daffodil). The reverse Gloucester GL3 1HW expenditure in simplistic terms is refurbishment and redecoration
interactive CD-Rom version, of the cross will be engraved with the name of the that capital expenditure should of a junior rates block including
running alongside a web-based person in whose memory it is granted. extend the life of an asset. bathrooms and utility areas.
on-line ordering service on the The Elizabeth Cross will not just be granted Tough decisions had to be made ■ Royal Citadel: upgrade
MoD intranet. The website can to those who have lost family members in recent on how and where to spend the of bathrooms, refurbishment
be found at www.bdfl.dii.r.mil
. operations – it will be available to the families of money. Generally it was decided and redecoration of junior rates
uk. those who died in conflicts dating back to 1948, to spread the funding across the accommodation.
The BDFL master archive has including the Korean War, the Falklands conflict and operational sites as well as the ■ RNAS Culdrose: upgrade
over 3,500 titles that encompass operations in Northern Ireland. Royal Naval Air Stations. of junior officers bathrooms and
RN, Army and Air Force material In making the announcement, the Queen expressed A recent refurbishment at the cabins and upgrade of senior
spanning over 40 years. The gratitude from the whole nation to the men and Citadel in Plymouth included officers en-suites and cabins.
earliest material dates back to women of the UK’s Armed Forces who are helping revamping of the bathrooms, ■ RNAS Yeovilton: upgrade of
the 1950s and 1960s. maintain peace around the globe. redecoration, new furniture and junior rates living accommodation
The amount of material from She said: “In these present times, no less than in carpets at a cost of around £5,500 and bathrooms, including
this period is limited as the previous years, the men and women of our Armed per bedspace. hopefully creating some en-suite
bulk of the library consists of Forces undertake their duties in the knowledge that This was the template the Navy cabins for senior rates.
material from the 1980s up to danger often lies ahead. took forward and it also reflects From the above, personnel
today. Older material held in the “They know that many have died in the service of the current view to look at not just should feel the benefit of some
archive may be available upon our country and that difficulties are ever present.” doing new build but to consider significant improvement to their
special request. The Queen then announced the special emblem whether refurbishments can effect living accommodation.
For more details or copies and scroll for the next of kin of those who have lost a significant improvement for Looking ahead, the RN Estate
of the new catalogue, contact their lives during operations. Service personnel. Organisation is about to work up
the BDFL customer services She added: “This seems to me a right and proper So what work is being done the requirements for both Raleigh
department on 01494 878252, way of showing our enduring debt to those who are around the Navy’s various and Dartmouth, using hopefully
(mil) 95298 2252, or email bdfl. killed while actively protecting what is most dear to
● The Elizabeth Cross and miniature presented
establishments? a new pre-sea accommodation
. us all.
in a display case
■ 40 Commando Norton scale.
SHIP of the MONTH THE TIME OF YOUR LIVES
We flick back through the pages of Navy News to see which stories
were drawing attention in past decades...
Build an exciting and interesting collection of B&W and coloured postcard
HMS RENOWN was in Cape Kennedy when
sized photographs of ships and aircraft of the Royal Navy and RFA’s. Apollo 11 was launched on July 16. The
front page of August’s Navy News reports
that submariners took a break from their
missile-firing practice to watch the 370-
UK £14.50 Overseas
foot black and white striped moonship
I YEAR’S SUBSCRIPTION
“They saw the terrifying flame power of
its rocket exhausts thundering down the
pit below to shoot out the flame vents of
Which includes ONE NEW postcard sized photograph
the concrete lift-off pad,” wrote Submarine
Command PRO Philip Costello.
of our featured vessel each month.
British Polaris submarines used the
same range facilities, range finding and
monitoring equipment, support ships and
aircraft as the astronauts who made the
landing, the paper reported.
On a terrestrial note, Navy News informed
its readers that the August edition was
the biggest in its 15-year history – at 32
This month’s issue is 48 pages with a four
page supplement. And that’s nowhere near
our biggest issue... – Ed
FINISHING touches were being put to the
Fleet Air Arm’s new museum in Yeovilton.
The museum was already a popular
● Apollo 11 takes off in 1969
visitor attraction but conditions were
Photographs can also be purchased individually for 85p each
cramped and for years its 50 or so historic
aircraft had competed for floor space.
(minimum of three).
WITH a reduction of tension in the Gulf, it was
The project had started five years before announced in that the Navy would reduce its force
as little more than a dream, with building in the region, sending only two frigates or destroyers
Send Cheque/P.O. together with name and address of subscriber to
costs estimated at about £500,000. Interest instead of three.
Anne Young at…
rates were high but the museum trustees Although the three destroyers/frigates would
were determined to go ahead and expand continue to work up together in groups, the third
before building costs soared out of reach. ship would then operate in the NATO area, unless
Navy News, HMS Nelson, Queen Street, Portsmouth PO1 3HH The new space provided much better there was a high priority in the Far East, such as a
and roomier surroundings for the exhibits, Five Power Defence Agreement exercise.
Cheques payable to: Navy News which included Concorde 002, were It was reported from Northwood that the
preserved for the Science Museum in a Commander-in-Chief Fleet greatly welcomed the
For orders outside of the UK, payment is to be made by cheque/International Money Order in £ Sterling
hangar integrated into the new buildings. flexibility provided by the new arrangements. “All the
The trustees hoped to pay off the debt Royal Navy will benefit.”
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within three years and formally open the It was hoped the move would provide a welcome
museum in the summer of 1980, the 40th improvement in the availability of ships for other
(Older photographs will be in Black & White) anniversary of the air station. tasks.
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