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26 NAVY NEWS, OCTOBER 2010


Hi-tech help for historic vessels


TWO of the Royal Navy’s fleet of historic warships are on the receiving end of hi-tech help. HMS Victory has been bombarded by laser beams to allow millions of highly-accurate measurements to be made of her hull and fittings. Using Pointools ‘point cloud’


software, the data was processed to produce precise 3D models, recording details of original features such as planking butts and rigging straps. These models will now be used to support restoration work on the ship, allowing for accurate reconstruction and relocation of fittings and planking. The laser survey, by Deri Jones


and Associates and Geospatial Survey Solutions, was carried out overnight to avoid disruption to visitors, and required 17 scans, each of 40 million measurements. This was used as the foundation


for elevation models of both sides of the vessel, as well as producing 3D co-ordinates for over 400 key points across the hull. A more modern warship has had her masts replaced, thanks to the Russians and a company located just yards from her. The foremast and mainmast of


World War 2 cruiser HMS Belfast, dating from the ship’s 1957 refit, had become dangerously corroded and needed replacing. The 20m steel lattice replacements have been built by the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St Petersburg, a gift from the Russian government and marine industry and a gesture to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War this year. Belfast was the ideal subject for such a gesture as she defended wartime Russian convoys. Original structural drawings


were supplied to the Russian yard, but accurate sketches were required for many fittings which were not shown on the plans. These were created by


experts from Houlder, a naval architecture and marine engineering company based near Tower Bridge. A plan was drawn up by Houlder and Lloyd’s Register staff to crane off the old masts and install the six-tonne units, barged in from Tilbury Docks.


Call for cadets


AHOY all former Sea Cadets – where are you now? The Corps would love to hear


from you, in the hope that you can help them as advocates, volunteers or supporters.


The SCC hopes to develop an alumni association,


with


opportunities to keep in touch with the Sea Cadets and to learn more about what they do for young people and future plans. For more information contact the Corps at info@ms-sc.org, write


to MSSC, 202 Lambeth


Road, London SE1 7JW, or call 020 7654 7000.


● An RAF E-3D Sentry AEW1 based at RAF Waddington, on exercise over UK airspace.


Pictures: MOD/Crown Copyright from www.defenceimages.mod.uk


Time for a clear-out as BR3


takes over


AS predicted in June’s edition of Navy News, a number of Books of Reference


Naval Lincs


YES, that’s right – Lincs, not Lynx (or even Links).


Lincolnshire is something of an RAF heartland. It’s where you will find Cranwell, the home of the RAF’s version of Dartmouth and the centre of officer and aircrew selection. RAF Coningsby boasts Typhoon


fighters as well as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, while the fabled Red Arrows count RAF Scampton as home.


There are also the RAF stations


at Digby and Waddington, and it is at such places that you are likely to spot the odd splash of navy blue amongst the wedgwood blue – evidence of the Royal Navy in Lincolnshire.


Close to the historic cathedral city of Lincoln more than 90 RN personnel are working to provide support to front-line operations and future systems development. Working within joint and combined teams, this contingent operates across a range of highly- specialised areas,


including


electronic warfare (EW), communications, E3-D aircraft, the Sentinel programme and work on such future projects as the Joint Strike Fighter. Taking Waddington first, the RN cohort works mainly in the Defence Electronic Warfare Centre (DEWC), based within the Air Warfare Centre. These sailors provide EW guidance and enable the operation of surface,


sub-surface and


airborne ESM and decoy systems. You will find Navy folk analysing intercepted emissions and EW-related information, developing EW system libraries for Fleet units – from carriers and Fleet submarines to frigates and destroyers – testing and validating air platform protection systems and involved in IT support. It’s a million miles from the life


of your average skimmer or deep, as acknowledged by LS(CSM) Simon Roberts. “Having spent most of my naval career based in the harsh, cold


Exeter commemorates anniversary of battle


THE White Ensign will once again fly over Exeter Cathedral during the annual service to celebrate Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar. The service starts at 11.30am on Sunday October 24, and will be attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Eric Dancer, and senior RN and RM officers. The Address will be given by the Rt Rev Stephen Venner, Bishop to the Forces. The Exeter Flotilla


and Commander Amphibious Task Group, Cdre Paul Bennett, will read the first lesson, and the second lesson will be read by Lt Cdr Franks. HMS Exeter’s bell and a cross, presented by the Exeter Flotilla to the destroyer, will be received in the cathedral.


Amongst the congregation will be contingents from HMS Raleigh, HMS Vivid, the Royal Marines,


patron


BRNC, and Sea Cadet and CCF units from across Devon. Music will be provided by the


Royal Marines Band CTCRM. Everyone is welcome to attend


the service – for further details contact Christopher Seaton on 01395 514367 or at christopher. seaton@virgin.net


Duncan on display AN exhibition on the career of


Admiral Duncan is currently being staged at Dundee Central Library – Scotland’s most popular library. Open until October 16, the


display also features the new Type 45 destroyer which bears the admiral’s name, and is being adopted by the city of Dundee. The


exhibition has been


organised by the Friends of Camperdown House and the city’s Arts and Leisure Department.


regions of west Scotland, serving in numerous sea-going submarines, it was a welcome change to be offered an inboard draft to RAF Waddington and to come back to my roots in the Midlands for some well earned harmony time,” said LS Roberts.


“Just being able to go home


every night like a normal eight- till-five job was a complete change for me, and the chance to work alongside the RAF, Army and civilian personnel has been an


enjoyable experience.


“Being based in RAF Waddington has given me


the


opportunity to make use of the leisure facilities and team- building events that are held every few months, and to take some educational courses in and around Lincoln without the risk of cutting it short because of sea- going commitments. “That’s the big difference between working


at the AWC


in an office environment and a submarine – you get the chance to plan your life.”


RN aircrew also operate as analysts on the Sentinel R1 ASTOR


(Airborne STand-


Off Radar) aircraft flown by 5 Squadron from Waddington. “I am currently serving on


and challenging


B flight as an airborne image analyst on 5 Army Co-operation Squadron,” said PO(Phot) Jim Fenwick. “I have been here for three


years and was part of the first team of ground image analysts to deploy to Afghanistan for the first ASTOR operational rehearsal. “After my tour of Afghanistan


I attended aircrew selection at RAF Cranwell and then trained to become an airborne image analyst on 54 Sqn. “I was the first senior rating in


the RN to be presented with an RAF image analyst brevet. “I have recently completed two


tours on Herrick and I am the only airborne image analyst on the ASTOR system in the Navy.” At the same airfield, two RN


officers fly with the big Boeing AWACS aircraft of 8 Squadron RAF – the E-3D Sentry. The


pair work as weapons


controllers, operating over the UK and Europe controlling fighter training missions. Exercises have taken them to the


USA, Canada, Malaysia and India, and they took part in Operation Afghan Assist, flying operational sorties over Afghanistan. The experience gives officers


a valuable insight to air power which they take back to the Fleet


● An RAF Sentinel R1 of 5 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron


Air Arm and the RN as a whole. Meanwhile, 20 minutes down


the A15 lies RAF Digby, a station dedicated to the provision of round-the-clock support to both decision-makers and globally- deployed UK forces. The 47 sailors and Marines of


the Royal Navy Unit (RNU) work for both the Fleet


Information


Operations Centre (FIOC) UK and the Joint Signals Support Unit (Digby) or JSSU(D), operating both at home and on overseas deployments.


FIOC UK is a joint UK/US


Naval command, responsible to both Fleet and the US Navy’s Tenth Fleet – part of the Americans’ Cyber Command, established in January this year to fight threats in cyberspace. As such it provides specialist Communication Information Systems (CIS) support for UK, US and coalition navies, working with numerous national and international organisations to ensure that communications flow freely between all parties. The JSSU(D) has an integral role in the development of specialist CIS, and includes personnel from all three UK Armed Forces, the United States and expert civilian staff and contractors.


A monumental day


A NEW painting has been unveiled by the group planning to build a monument marking HMS Vernon’s role in Royal Navy minewarfare and diving. Vernon Creek by John Terry


FCSD, recent Head of Fleet Publications and Graphics, was launched at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, which now occupies the old Vernon site. The painting was commissioned by Project Vernon, which aims to have a bronze statue of a diver attending to a mine in place in Vernon Basin within three years. A range of prints is now available, including limited-edition versions including the signatures of several key players in the appeal. Proceeds from the prints will


contribute to the fund. At the same ceremony, staunch appeal supporter Irene Strange – the widow of Royal Navy diver PO Albert Strange – was presented


with another John Terry painting, Danger at Depth, by ex-First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Jonathan Band. The picture was a present from her son and daughter. The Project Vernon committee


● John Terry in his studio with his new painting, Vernon Creek were


also able to give final


approval for the design of the statue, to be produced by sculptor Les Johnson For more on Project Vernon see www.Vernon-Monument.org


provided sterling service for many years have now been superseded. And that means it is time for a clear-out of the material which has now been rendered obsolete. BR3 (‘Naval Personnel Management’) is Second Sea Lord’s one-stop shop for almost everything to do with Naval personnel, except conduct of training. It gathers together in one place


(BRs) that have


what sailors and civilian staff need to know about the Divisional system and Personnel Functional Standards (PFS), and Naval aspects of Unit Establishment Lists,


welfare, charities, leave, finance, accommodation,


recovery, sport, religion, equality and diversity, discipline, uniforms, careers,


management, the


promotions. In


transfers,


managers intend to add even more, covering individual training policy, education, lifelong learning, resettlement and the Reserves. So how do you find all this? You won’t find it in the form of an official printed book – it’s far too big. If you have access, go onto the Defence Intranet or the Royal Navy internet website and search for BR3. Operational units are sent their


own copy on CD. Queries can be addressed to the publishers of BR3 – the Fleet Publications and Graphics Organisation, who will issue an update two or three times a year. If you have a copy of any of the


next


assignments and few months


career health


complaints, and


recruiting,


superseded BRs listed below, or have printed extracts from them, you now need to dispose of them – in an authorised manner, of course:


BR14 (Drafting Regulations) BR81 (Uniform Regulations) BR1066 (Ratings and Other Ranks Promotion and Advancement Regulations) BR1992 (Divisional Handbook)


  


BR4017 (Naval Manning Manual)


  


 


Regulations) BR8588 (Welfare) BR8748


for RN Ratings and RM Other Ranks).


Exams result for Society


THE number of Marine Society students achieving the highest grades in this summer’s exams was above the national average. Almost a third of candidates gained the top grade and the overall pass rate was 100 per cent.


A total of 159 GCSE or A-level exams were arranged through the Marine Society, more than four-fifths being Royal Navy or Royal Marines personnel who sat their papers at sea, in overseas embassies or in theatre, including Afghanistan.


The remainder were RFA staff or Merchant Navy. Almost 40 per cent of students gained an A or A* at GCSE (national average 22 per cent). One candidate,


John, 24, a


Royal Navy medical assistant, said: “There’s no doubt I’d not have got this result without the encouragement and support of the Marine Society.” He gained three grade As at AS


Level, and is now studying for his A2 exams. To find out more or to enrol with the charity visit www. marine-society.org.uk


(Terms of Service BR8373 (Officers Career


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