18 NAVY NEWS, DECEMBER 2009
STAFF at Britannia Royal Naval
You have to be raven-
College said ‘konnichiwa’ as TV HARDMAN-turned-
the spiritual home of the offi cer documentary-maker Ross
corps welcomed senior visitors Kemp won a nautical ‘Oscar’ for
from Japan – with a view to shedding light on modern-day
furthering exchanges between piracy.
the two navies. The former EastEnder was one
Makoto Iokibe, the head mad to work here... of fi ve journalists, writers and
of the Japanese Defence campaigners singled out at the
Academy, Vice Admiral Ota, annual Maritime Media Awards.
director of the international
NY sailors out
Ross’ Sky1 series In Search
exchange programme, and there who are of Pirates – which witnessed the
Japan’s naval attaché to the
extroverts and can RN’s anti-piracy mission aboard
UK, Capt Hiroyuki Terada,
spin a good dit?
HMS Northumberland before the
headed to Devon to witness the
And whose interest in British
actor went ashore to meet Somali
instruction of officer cadets for
history goes a little deeper than
pirates – was named the best TV/
the Senior Service.
watching The Tudors on a Friday
radio documentary at a ceremony
They observed some of the
basic leadership training in
If so, and you are a warrant
An impressive body of
the grounds at Dartmouth as
offi cer or senior rating, the RN
work down the years by the
well as visiting the converted
needs you to fl y the Navy fl ag at the
Liverpool Daily Post’s maritime
Tower of London – for the Queen
correspondent Peter Elson
The Japanese guests also
has allowed sailors to become
ensured he earned the coveted
spent some time chatting
Beefeaters for the fi rst time.
Desmond Wettern Media
with rookie officers in BRNC’s
Up to now, only the other
Award for the best journalistic
Bridge Wing – in English
services and the Royal Marines
contribution on maritime issues.
mercifully, although at least one
have been eligible to don the
The award is named for the
of the RN trainees was able to
distinctive uniform and join the
popular Daily Telegraph journalist,
converse in Japanese (a bit).
elite troop of Yeoman Warders,
the last naval correspondent of
OC George Swithinbank Fleet Street.
spent a year in the land of the
which dates back to 1485.
Judges said Mr Elson was “a
Rising Sun teaching English as
When the Duke of Wellington
champion of maritime heritage”
a foreign language.
became Constable of the Tower in
whose expertise was highly-
“Japanese is a very difficult
1826, he ruled that anyone who
respected within and without the
language to learn – they have
wanted to join must have sworn an
three alphabets, one of which is
oath of allegiance.
The fi nest book on a maritime
pictorial. Thankfully, the visitors
As sailors to this day do not
subject was deemed to be a
had an excellent command of
swear allegiance to the Sovereign
“beautifully-written” biography of
English,” he explained.
(their loyalty is taken as read,
Australian sailor/adventurer Alan
The Japanese Navy was
as anyone in the Senior Service
Villiers, Voyager of the Winds, by
originally modelled on the RN
would tell you), this ruled out the
fellow Antipodean Kate Lance.
and 120 years down the line,
Navy – whether by accident or
She received the Mountbatten
today’s Japanese Self Defence
ducal design isn’t clear.
Force is looking at an exchange
But 183 years after Wellington
From their beginnings a
programme involving its
laid the rules, the Governor of the
decade ago, the awards have
counterpart of BRNC in Etajima.
Tower successfully petitioned the
mushroomed to not just ● Warders must be obeyed... Former Royal Marines turned Beefeaters ‘Barney’ Chandler and Steve
“Given the cultural
Queen to allow the Navy to join.
Froggatt Picture: PO(Phot) Amanda Reynolds, DPRN champion the best maritime
differences between the
The Queen consented earlier
journalism, but also to recognise
two nations, an exchange
this year; now senior rates with 22 “What we’re looking for are the Tower. the military. We’re a very close-
the efforts of RN/RM units to
programme would be of huge years’ service who hold the Long extroverts who like people. We’re a In principle they are responsible knit team. promote the Senior Service, as
benefit for the Royal Navy,” Service and Good Conduct medal small, close-knit team, and if you for looking after any prisoners “Do Steve and I feel well as lifetime contributions to
said Dartmouth’s Commanding are eligible to apply. can integrate you can really enjoy (the last ones, curiously enough, outnumbered by the former Army the maritime world.
Officer Cdre Jake Moores. “We’re keen to see the fi rst it.” were the Kray twins in 1952, for Beefeaters? No – the two of us For the second year running,
“However, the vastly- Chief Petty Offi cer or Warrant The Beefeaters, or Yeomen avoiding National Service) and for keep them in their place.” fl agship HMS Illustrious took
different training regimes at Offi cer join our team,” said David Warders of Her Majesty’s Royal safeguarding the Crown Jewels. He added: “Without doubt you the Fleet Media prize as the RN
the two establishments will Cooper, human resources manager Palace and Fortress the Tower of In practice they are highly have to be a people person and you vessel most in the public eye this
make anything more than short for the Tower and a former Royal London, to give them their proper entertaining tour guides whose have to be patient with the public. year – not least thanks to Fly
exchanges extremely difficult.” Engineer. name, are ceremonial guardians of lively presentations on British “And you have to enjoy having Navy 100 events. She had, said
history are famous throughout the your photograph taken. You’re
judges, made the most of every
world. always in the public eye. If you
opportunity to highlight the
There are 35 Yeoman Warders, ever lost your rag it would be all
Senior Service’s work across the
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