30 NAVY NEWS, FEBRUARY 2010
Hambones and muttonchops
SURVEY ship HMS Roebuck has no fewer than Meanwhile male members of the ship’s company
three winners of the Hambone Trophy – awarded to have raised £120 for Sue Ryder and the ship’s charity,
the top trainee on the initial HM course – on board. Fordwater School, by paying to grow their beards.
The 2008 winner, AB(HM) Mike Drew, who ‘Best in show’ went to POLogs(SC) Gellatly, while
joined the ship in March last year, was presented with the Executive Officer took the ‘Best Ginger’ prize,
his certificate and trophy at the annual dinner of the while there were also prizes for ‘Does Your Mother
A TRAINEE in Cornwell Division
Survey Ships Association, which sponsors the award. Know You’re Here?’ (for the follicly challenged) and
of HMS Raleigh has been
Also there was 2007 winner AB(HM) Sarah Burns, ‘Most Unusual Styling’.
awarded the Cornwell Medal for
who could not attend the previous dinner as she was The contestants have elected to make further
his performance on the Sea Cadet
at sea. Sarah joined Roebuck last July. contributions to charity by keep the competition
Corps’ advancement course.
And supervising the ongoing training for both alive, partly to keep their faces warm at sea in
Trainee logistician Carl Willis,
sailors is LS(HM) Ritchie Faulkner, who was the Scotland and partly to see how big they can grow
from Seaford, was assigned to
2005 winner. their beards.
Cornwell, one of five new entry
training sections, at the start of his
nine-week basic training course.
Both medal and division are
named after 16-year-old John
Travers Cornwell, posthumously
awarded the VC for his bravery on
Royal turns up
board HMS Chester during the
Battle of Jutland in 1916.
John – known as Jack – was a
member of a gun crew which was
ravaged by shells; with his fellow
● PONN Emily Staines with her class of new recruits at HMS
sailors lying dead or dying around
Raleigh Picture: Dave Sherfield
him, Boy Cornwell remained at
his post awaiting orders though
heat at schools
He died in a hospital in Grimsby
shortly after being landed ashore.
STUDENTS got a small taste
Nurse in charge
Carl’s grandfather was a of cuisine from the front line
matelot, and his father was a green in Afghanistan when the Royal
A Naval nurse has swapped her “Not many nurses get the
beret for 15 years – and while
Marines toured schools in
duties caring for patients to caring opportunity to do this, and I was
at Raleigh Carl had a surprise
for new recruits on basic training. really excited to have the chance to
Perthshire and Ayrshire
reunion with his godfather, Sgt
PONN Emily Staines is at do something completely different.
Crieff High School, Queen Margaret
Stuart Edwards RM, an instructor
HMS Raleigh, where she is class “My class are a good bunch.
Academy, Carrick Academy and Ayr
at the Defence Maritime Logistics
instructor for a group of around They are intelligent and I’ve
Academy were on the Royals’ itinerary
School on site.
30 trainees. been impressed by their
as the squad, led by commando chef
Her duty is to mentor them general enthusiasm, drive and
Next 2SL is
C/Sgt Mike Beaton, allowed pupils to
as they are moulded into sailors, commitment.
taste the ration packs being used by
giving them general instruction “It’s hard work and long hours,
the elite force on operations around
on the ways of the Royal Navy but overall I’m really enjoying
throughout their nine-week the job.”
They also learned more about
course. Since joining the Navy in 2001
THE next Second Sea Lord healthy eating and the detrimental
The 26-year-old senior rate, Emily has completed operational
will be Rear Admiral Charles effects of excess alcohol, as well as
who was promoted to petty officer tours in Iraq (2006) and
Montgomery, who is to be watching Mike – a fully-qualified field
last June, was delighted to have Afghanistan (2008-09).
promoted Vice Admiral and takes chef – whip up a delicious and healthy
been given a crack at the job. Although Afghanistan was
up the role of the Navy’s chief meal in front of them.
“It is a real honour to be picked busier, she particularly remembers
personnel officer in the summer. Mike was joined by a team of
as an instructor,” said Emily. the mortar attacks in Iraq, when
Rear Admiral Montgomery will RN physical training instructors, who
“Being a nurse is very she and her colleagues had to
take over in July from the current gave the students a PE lesson, military
specialised, and it’s nice to branch sleep in “coffin-like beds with
incumbent, Vice Admiral Sir Alan style, putting the youngsters through
out. boards over the top.”
Massey, who is retiring. their paces in a series of workouts
Stepping up to fill Rear Admiral designed to give them some idea of
Montgomery’s shoes will be Cdre the fitness levels required for life in
David Steel, who will be promoted the modern Royal Navy and Royal
Rear Admiral and takes up the Marines.
post of Naval Secretary with effect Mike said: “The aim of these
from April 20. visits is to inform students of the
importance and benefits of leading a
Bid for peace
healthy lifestyle and who better to do
this than Royal Marines, who need
THE manufacturer of a snoring to adopt this approach if they are to
remedy is offering to silence the succeed in their careers.
worst snorers in the Armed Forces “Many of my colleagues are on the
– but need nominations first. ground in Afghanistan and the young
If you have a colleague who keeps people will be able to get a small
the rest of the ship or barracks experience of what mealtimes are
awake, Helps Stop Snoring want typically like for them.”
to hear about it so they can send He added: “Joining the Royal
a pack of anti-snoring products to Marines or Royal Navy as a chef not
● Keith Simpson with his son, LA(Phot) Simmo Simpson
the worst half-dozen. only offers some of the best training
Email nominations to in catering, it’s also a wonderful way
and to see the rest of the world.
give yourself the chance of a “This way I get to combine my two
decent night’s sleep ● C/Sgt Mike Beaton in action at the hob greatest passions – travel and food.”
FATHER and son were reunited for the first time in seven months
Hank is Guest of Honour
when HMS Iron Duke went alongside in Barbados.
Also in town was P&O cruise ship Ocean Village, meaning Iron
Duke’s photographer, LA(Phot) Simmo Simpson got the chance to meet
FOUR distinguished Fleet Air comms as well as manning the
up with his dad Keith, Engineering Stores Officer on the liner.
Arm flyers helped the officers of rear gun in Navy aircraft.
Keith, a former Warrant Officer Stores Accountant who served in the
RNAS Yeovilton celebrate their Hank joined his first fighter
Navy for 32 years, would not have had another chance to catch up with
Taranto Night dinner. squadron in October 1941, and
Simmo until he returns to the UK in April had their paths not converged
Guest of Honour was 88-year- flew Hurricanes, Wildcats, Hellcats
in the Caribbean.
old Lt ‘Hank’ Adlam RN (Rtd), a and Corsairs from small escort Simmo, a former Leading Stores Accountant until he transferred to
World War 2 fighter pilot, who was and larger fleet carriers in the the photographic branch, once served under his father.
joined by three Telegraphist Air Atlantic, Arctic, Mediterranean,
Gunners (TAGs), who provided Far East and Pacific.
824 prove big can be beautiful
THE largest squadron in the Fleet Air Arm is also the most efficient.
824 NAS won the Rolls-Royce Efficiency Trophy in recognition of an
18 per cent increase in flying output over the previous year.
The squadron operate eight Merlin Mk1 aircraft and numbers more
than 250 personnel, with a remit to train aircrew and engineers in every
aspect of flying and maintaining the helicopter.
Simon Baldwin, Director of Production Programmes for Rolls-Royce,
presented the trophy to Cdr Colin Miller, the CO of 824 NAS, at a
ceremony at their home base of RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall.
● Where’s Buccaneer? The globe-trotting bear on a Cornish beach
Warrant Offi cer’s special recruit
Buccaneer and there
A ROYAL Navy recruiter who leads a team that has signed up some
9,000 new recruits in nine years in the North East has a special
● Bishop Moth with cadets in the bridge simulator
reason for celebrating one of his most recent successes.
Picture: Craig Keating (VT Flagship BRNC)
A GLOBE-trotting bear from the and members of staff began to
WO Dusty Miller made the long trip to HMS Raleigh to attend his
Fleet Air Arm Museum has built take him (or one of his close
son Lawrence’s passing out parade at the end of the teenager’s
up something of a fan club after relatives) all over the world.
basic training course. Lawrence aims to be a dental nurse.
featuring on Facebook. Photos of Buccaneer basking in
WO Miller, who joined the RN in 1977, said: “I am exceptionally
Bishop visits BRNC
Following in the pawprints of the sun in Egypt or on one of his
proud of my son’s achievement in passing his training.
HMS Newcastle’s very own Salty two trips to the USA have been
“I can still remember my own basic training and fully understand THE Roman Catholic Bishop the sacrament of confirmation to
the Bear, a picture of Buccaneer posted on to the site.
the commitment, drive and determination required to succeed.” of the Forces has made his first Officer Cadet Laura Pritchard.
Bear was added to her Facebook Anne Holloway, retail manager
visit to Dartmouth to gain an He met cadets and staff in
page by a member of staff at the at the museum, said: “Since
Award for ex-Navy aviator
understanding of the training the Navigation Department and
Yeovilton museum. appearing on Facebook, sales of
undertaken by RN officers. also on the River Dart, and took
Buccaneer, who is sold in the Buccaneer Bears have surprised us
A FORMER Navy pilot who now trains budding helicopter pilots at During his visit, the Rt Rev the opportunity to discuss with
museum shop complete with all – and people are now posting RAF Shawbury has been awarded a CO’s Commendation. Richard Moth – who ministers cadets of the Muslim faith cultural
flying fatigues, quickly attracted images of their bears in all sorts of Alastair Reid, who flew Sea Kings in the Navy, has sent more than 100 to Catholics of all three Services, differences they have experienced
hundreds of friends of his own, compromising situations...” students solo in his 11 years at the Defence Helicopter Flying School. celebrated Mass, administering during their time at BRNC.
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