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A MARATHON awards ceremony
in the heart of England set the
seal on the Joint Force Harrier
New trophy honours
contribution to operations in
The RAF’s Deputy
Commander-in-Chief Operations,
Air Marshal Iain McNicoll,
presented 91 honours and awards
at RAF Cottesmore – 87 of them
for Operation Herrick, with RN victims of explosion
A SENIOR rate with the
Commando Helicopter Force has
spent almost a year aloft during
his working life – but reckons he
could manage the same again.
personnel making up more than a
CPOACMN Andy Vanes, based
quarter of the number.
at RNAS Yeovilton, was told that
Air Marshal McNicoll praised
A NEW award has been created technician and leading engineering
took place during the summer For posterity the winners will be
he had clocked up 8,000 hours
the support of friends and families
on return from an exercise on
during the Force’s five-year
to commemorate the lives of
technician on career courses at the
with the cup being presented to presented with engraved tankards
Matt Cousins, the most deserving while the cup will remain in a
contribution in Afghanistan.
two submariners who died in
RN Submarine School.
According to the authors of the
candidate on the leading rates presentation case alongside the
an explosion on board HMS
That worked out at 11 months,
award, LOM Paul McCann and
course, and Andrew Williams from honours board in the atrium of the
three days and eight hours airborne
THE Princess Royal was guest Tireless under the Arctic ice.
OM Anthony Huntrod epitomised
the ET course. school, at HMS Raleigh.
in a variety of aircraft and roles,
of honour at HMS Collingwood’s
The McCann Huntrod award
the essence of everything to which
Attending the presentation Following the visit the McCann
annual ceremonial divisions.
according to number-crunchers at
will be presented annually to the submariners should aspire.
were the McCann and Huntrod family travelled to Dartmouth with
The Princess also presented
families, who were accompanied Cdre Moores to accept a cheque
the Force.
most highly-rated engineering The inaugural presentation
medals and awards, escorted
by Cdre Jake Moores, Commodore for £1,300 for the Paul McCann
Greeted with a celebratory glass
by Cdre Steve Kirby, the
Britannia Royal Naval College and Fund for Needy Children, the
of bubbly by the Commanding
Commodore of the training
president of the Board of Inquiry charity Paul’s parents established
Officer of 848 Naval Air Squadron,
into the fatal accident on board in memory of their son.
Cdr Matt Grindon, and fellow
Among those to receive an
Tireless in March 2007. The cheque was presented
aviators, Andy said he felt he had
award was POMA Marc Salama,
An honours board has been by representatives of Endurance
another 8,000 hours in him before
currently at the Maritime Warfare
erected to record all the winners, Division, the Senior Upper
he would be ready to hang up his
School Phoenix Training Group
along with a citation outlining Yardman training division which,
flying overalls.
at Whale Island.
the Tireless incident, and the along with the RFA division,
Andy joined the Navy as a chef
Marc received the Op Herrick
attributes and achievements of raised funds by organising quizzes,
in 1970 before transferring to
Afghanistan campaign medal
Paul and Anthony. raffles and a race night.
aircrewman branch in 1977.
having completed a six-month
deployment with 1st Bttn The
Rifles, serving as both a front-
line soldier and as a medic. Big opportunity from Smallpeice
RABBI Arnold Saunders has THE Royal Navy and engineering group Babcock lectures, the 50 budding young engineers learnt
been appointed the first Jewish International teamed up with educational charity the about nuclear power, including how a nuclear reactor
Civilian Chaplain to the Military, Smallpeice Trust to offer schoolchildren from across works and the associated propulsion and electrical
responsible for the spiritual and the UK the chance to gain an insight into nuclear generation systems.
pastoral care of serving Jewish marine engineering. Social activities included a submarine museum
personnel in all three Services. The four-day residential course for 13 and 14-year- tour and a visit to Action Stations.
Rabbi Saunders said: “I am olds took place at HMS Sultan, where the Royal Places for 2010 will be allocated on a first-come,
looking forward with relish and Navy trains its marine and nuclear engineers. first-served basis. To find out more, visit www.
excitement to the challenges that
Through a series of practical workshops and, or telephone 01926 333200.
lie ahead and look forward to
working with my fellow CCMs
and all military chaplains.
“I would like to pay tribute to the
Rev Malcolm Weisman, who has
given distinguished service as the
Honorary Senior Jewish Chaplain
win for
to the Military for many years.”
STAFF at the Queen’s Harbour
Master’s office in Plymouth
helped Miss Cornwall to a prize at
the Miss England competition.
A SAILOR from Lüdenscheid in
They donated £50 from coffee
Germany picked up two awards
● Vice Admirtal Richard Ibbotson in historic diving dress with Lt Cdr
mornings to Charlotte Holmes,
Richard ‘Soapy’ Watson (right) and LS(D) Ian Rigg
at this year’s Defence Maritime
who won the Miss Charity award
Logistics School (DMLS) annual
and the Fresh Modelesque title.
Something old,
awards ceremony at HMS
Charlotte (20), of Torpoint,
visited port control stations
Logs George Mukasa was
overlooking Plymouth Sound to
awarded the Robert Florence
thank staff and raise more cash.
something new
trophy as the student who gave
She added that she hoped
the best performance during
Miss Devon did not mind her
supply chain training, and the
slipping across the border and
Robin Hodsdon Apprenticeship
VICE Admiral Richard Ibbotson, (CDLSE trial team member),
encroaching on her ‘patch’.
prize, given to the student ● Paul and Annette Read at the RN Submarine Museum admiring
Deputy CINCFLEET, fulfilled a using the new kit, they entered
who demonstrates the most the ‘Submariner Statue’, modelled on Paul’s father Reginald
personal ambition on a visit to the Horsea Lake, the Admiral assisted
development in all areas in order
TWO Navy medical assistants got
Defence Diving School. by members of the Historical
to achieve the apprenticeship.
a little help for their wedding next
The Admiral was briefed on Diving Branch, who turned the
George, who holds dual
year thanks to a prize at a show.
current issues, and it coincided pump that supplied the air.
Father was face of
nationality, qualified for service
Alicia Drapier, who is engaged to
with the completion of the trial Lt Cdr Watson said: “The new
in the Royal Navy as a Ugandan
James Patrick, made a last-minute
of the new Clearance Diving Life diving equipment brings Naval
citizen, and began training in June
decision to enter a competition Support Equipment (CDLSE). divers to the very forefront of
of last year – winning the Owen
Submarine Service
organised by the Retail Bridalwear But the Admiral, a former ship’s technology and capability,
Cup as top recruit during basic
Association (RBA) at the spring diver, also took the chance to go in providing them with a single
A CHANNEL Islander travelled Reginald died in 1987, but
National Wedding Show. the lake in historic diving dress. set that, depending how it
A total of 30 awards were
to the RN Submarine Museum a casual remark by Paul’s elder
And as a result the couple now Together with Lt Cdr Richard is configured, can be used for presented at the Cornish to see an iconic statue which was sister Mavis prompted Paul’s wife
have a cheque for £1,000 towards ‘Soapy’ Watson, CDLSE Trials shallow water work or take them establishment, with a wide range
modelled on his father.
Annette to contact George.
the cost of their big day. Officer, and LS(D) Ian Rigg to extreme depths.” of recipients, from sailors just
Paul Read only recently found
Once the story had unfolded
starting out on their careers to
out that Reginald was the man
the Jersey couple felt they had to
others seeking promotion.
behind the image of the Silent
visit Gosport to learn more about
The ceremony also recognised
the contribution made by DMLS
The ‘Submariner’ has become
“Looking at the confined space
Replica model hand cast in white metal, painted and mounted on a wooden instructional staff – and George
the public face of the Service,
my father must have worked
reproduced in various materials
plinth with brass nameplate and hand made gift box.
Mukasa agreed, saying: “I wouldn’t
and lived in, I can now finally
have achieved these prizes without
including lead from the batteries
understand why he always chose
of Holland 1, the Navy’s first
Light Fleet Carrier 1944 : HMS Colossus, Glory, Venerable and Vengeance ~ £50.00
all the support of my instructors.”
to work outdoors when he left the
Light Fleet Carriers 1952 : HMS Ocean, Theseus, Triumph and Warrior ~ £50.00
The Queen was given a silver
Royal Navy,” said Paul.
HMS Bulwark 1960 ~ £50.00 HMS Albion 1962 ~ £50.00
Flying colours
replica of the Submariner in 1958
Reginald served in submarines
HMS Victorious Aircraft Carrier 1966 ~ £60.00 : HMS Eagle Aircraft Carrier 1964 ~ £60.00 (Pictured)
STAFF at the Helitots Day
when she presented her Colour to
from 1939 until he was discharged
HMS Ark Royal Aircraft Carrier 1977 ~ £60.00 : HMS Hermes Aircraft Carrier 1982 ~ £60.00
Nursery at RNAS Culdrose have
the Submarine Command.
in 1947; his boats included
All models plus post and packing £8.00 (UK Only)
become the first in Cornwall to
Museum archivist George
Sealion, Seadog, Varangian, Uther
achieve the CACHE Certificate
Malcolmson said: “LEM (Leading
and Storm.
in Early Years Foundation Stage
Torpedo Operator) Reginald
The sculpture was originally
Lawrence Read was picked to model
designed as part of the memorial
for the artist Gilbert Ledward.
installed in Westminster Abbey
+ £8.00 P&P
Helitots manager Janice Price
“How he was chosen remains
to commemorate the men of
said: “I am very pleased with all (UK Only)
something of a mystery, but the
the RN Submarine Service,
the girls’ hard work and we are
popular story is that Reginald’s the Commandos, Airborne and
now seeing the benefits of the
handsome looks and fine jaw line Special Forces.
training within the nursery.”
meant that he was volunteered.”
New Fijian offi cer blazes a trail
THE Royal Navy has welcomed what is the RN online, travelling to the UK twice
To order your model send your name, address and daytime telephone number, thought to be the first Fijian officer to for interviews, tests and a medical.
along with your cheque or credit card details to: earn his commission. With Fiji depending on Australia and
Skytrex Ltd, Unit 1 Charnwood Business Park, North Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 1LE
S/Lt Atunaisa Vuniwaqa passed his New Zealand for defence, Vinny could
Young Officers Fleet Board in May, having have opted to join one of their navies –
Tel: 01509 213789 Fax: 01509 230874
joined the RN as an MEM in 2002. but instead turned to the UK.
email: ‘Vinny’ (pictured right) obtained an Vinny spent his Common Fleet Time
engineering degree from the University in one of his former ships, HMS Ark
of the South Pacific and applied to join Royal.
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