NAVY NEWS, JANUARY 2011 News and information for serving personnel A life
beneath the waves for women
THERE has been some media attention lately on women serving on Royal Navy submarines for the first time. There is an ongoing review of the Navy’s policy of excluding women from serving in submarines, and this study is considering the operational, health, legal, social, technical and financial implications. Despite recent media reports, no decisions have yet been taken, but all options will be considered.
One newspaper claimed that “only mine clearance diving teams and the Royal Marines would remain all-male”. Hopefully readers of December’s Navy News saw the article on Lt Catherine Ker who is the RN’s first female diving officer since the policy changed.
This change came about after a review by the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) which came to the conclusion that women were at no greater risk of suffering from decompression sickness than men.
Getting the message out
We’ve come a long way since coloured flags, burning beacons,
Morse code and semaphore; – the introduction of e-mail delivered via the internet and intranet has transformed the way we communicate in the Royal Navy (some would say not necessarily for the better in these days of mass information and in-box overload...), writes Lt Cdr Heather Lane of NCHQ
Internal Communications. Everyone would agree that the best way to get the latest information
colleague or leader – delivered face-to-face
is from a and
in trusted instantly
understandable, plain English. Naval leaders go some way
The INM has also undertaken medical research into the risk to female reproductive and foetal health from contaminants in a submarine’s atmosphere.
qualifications up to date?
IT IS important that leading hands and corporals are aware that from April 1 2012, NAMET will cease to be a valid educational standard for promotion to PO/Sgt. Personnel will need to achieve Basic Skills level 2 certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy, or attain an alternative recognised qualification such as GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English, in order to be considered eligible for promotion. Those who already possess GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above will remain educationally qualified for promotion.
Advice on Basic Skills can be obtained from Education Officers, Unit Education Officers, Naval Education Training Service Officers and the network of RN/ RM Learning Centres. Please telephone the following in the first instance: ■ HMS Nelson – 9380 26712 (023 92 726712) ■ HMS Drake– 9375 67885 (01752 567885) ■ Clyde Naval Base – 93255 5971 (01436 675971) If you already hold Basic Skills level 2 certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy or an alternative recognised qualification, please ensure they are recorded in your personal competence profile on JPA. Further details are contained in 2010 DIN07-024.
Personnel Matters updates
Presentations to Naval Service personnel on the latest personnel matters briefings are now carried out by WO Barrie Cooke. To book an Internal Comms
presentation in 2011, delivered face-to-face by the Naval Command’s representative for Internal Comms briefing, please contact FLEET-DCS-INFO-IC WO or FLEET-DCS-INFO-IC SO2 (see It’s your 2-6 on page 31).
to achieving this ideal solution through both the long established Chain of Command Briefings or Divisional Officer meetings system but an additional face-to-face resource is also provided by the ‘Personnel Matters’ – Divisional Briefing
delivered with dynamic energy and gusto by NCHQ’s WO(IC) Barrie Cooke as he travels the UK visiting establishments, ships and formed units, anywhere that RN personnel are serving in this country. WO Cooke’s up-to-date,
relevant presentation provides information changes and direct guidance in an entertaining, short accessible brief and he delivers a constantly updated handout on ‘Where to Look’ for further information.
The NCHQ Internal Comms desk officer recently attended a class presentation by the Leadership and
School Leadership Course defining the provision of internal communications in the RN. The petty officers conducted
a survey across a range of Navy personnel and as a result of their findings made some useful recommendations to NCHQ. We are always keen to receive feedback – one of their findings was to explain
communications delivery process and to continue raising awareness of all the channels and products used.
One of the key recommendations to raise
awareness of the
useful one-stop-shop RN Internal Comms hub, a link to which can be easily found on the RN Intranet
site in the left-hand column under RN information (and is pictured above). To a number of the POs on the course this site was clearly a light-bulb moment when they came across the easily accessible internal comms and library resource online. So it seems it now needs to be shared more widely with serving personnel with access to a DII(F) terminal. Don’t worry,
those without DII(F), at because
content of the website is regularly captured and sent to the ships for upload to their servers to provide library resource.
Other means of communicating key messages and management information to the Fleet are Galaxy Messages.
announcements originate within departments in Navy Command and on the Navy Central staff or they are adapted from tri-Service Defence Internal Briefings (DIBs) produced by the MOD. They provide a Royal Navy interpretation of
the impact of
announcements on Naval Service personnel.
Some of you may not be of Galaxy messages or
have seen one. Sometimes they are re-interpreted by your Command staff and line managers or placed on Daily Orders.
Sometimes they are posted to team websites and occasionally they are deleted unread – yes, we do know when they have been deleted unread.
BWOs and Coxns be aware… It is in your interest and the
interest of your people to brief and display Galaxy messages prominently in your establishment and ensure they are read and understood.
Defence Instructions and Notices (DINs) are defence- wide instructions, guidance and notices. They were introduced in March 2005, and incorporated all the existing categories of Defence Council Instructions (DCIs), MOD Personnel Instructions (PIs), Finance Instructions (FIs), and
some other defence-wide
systems for writing, disseminating and reading internal instructions, guidance and notices. Ignore them at your peril as they contain a myriad of important announcements that will directly affect you at some time in your career.
The most pertinent ones are
drawn to your attention in the Where to Look column in Two- Six and in the Personnel Support Brief booklet provided inside the Two-Six DVD case, a useful aide- memoire for Divisional Officers meetings. RNTMs provide ‘temporary’ announcements to keep a regular flow of short-life information
notifying events COs, EWOs,
around the Fleet. Always consider when you are drafting a RNTM whether it is more suitable for a more permanent DIN or Galaxy message or whether indeed the information it contains needs to be more permanently incorporated in a BR or JSP. Internal comms to Navy
Families is enhanced by a number of channels – not least the superb service provided by RNCom and the Navy Internet team and more recently the Naval Families Federation’s excellent website and magazine Home Port. The NFF are looking at ways
we can deliver this independent magazine to more people outside the main port areas but it is also available in an online version which undoubtedly saves the trees. The RN has also ventured boldly into the world of Facebook, Twitter and online blogging. Social or new media, as it’s known, carries with it a whole world of communications risks and these are identified clearly in the MOD’s Online Engagement Guidelines which are well worth reading (available both on the internet and intranet). However it would be unwise not
to harness the power of getting the ‘unclassified’ message across in these widely-used mediums, especially to audiences who have grown up with these information formats. And then of course we have our
own long-established Navy News and Globe and Laurel – eagerly anticipated and often read from cover to cover by Service personnel and considered a vital source of trusted and entertaining information to its readers. We use Navy News’ Two-Six pages to communicate important matters while the vibrant, breezy presentation of Two-Six DVD spotlights news featuring Navy personnel helping to explain in a visually compelling and entertaining fashion the breadth of activity taking place within our diverse community. Two-Six DVD is distributed across the Fleet to BWOs and EWOs for further informing and updating our activities and change initiatives.
The RN IC hub is updated throughout the day with all the latest information – a rolling up-to-the-minute info source that we here in the print version of Navy News are unable to match. As the January Navy News goes to press, the upcoming allowances announcement – which will be of interest to all serving personnel – is expected to take place, but will not happen in time to be reported in this issue. For the latest authoritative
information on announcements – including changes post-SDSR – please keep an eye on the RN IC hub section on the RN intranet.
WILTSHIRE College in Salisbury celebrated the graduation of 12 of its Royal Naval students in Salisbury Cathedral in November (pictured right). “It has been another
successful year for the Royal Navy students studying with Wiltshire College Salisbury,” said WO1 Dean Rogers, Professional Programmes Tutor. “Thirty-two students are
now eligible to graduate, having completed their level 5 and 7 degree and postgraduate level qualifications in this academic year.” Twelve attended the graduation ceremony,
with VIP guest Cdre Campbell Christie, while
were unable to be present due to
deployment duties. In addition, there are a
further 42 RN students who are undertaking CMI Management NVQ and diploma studies with the Salisbury campus of the college.
WO1 Rogers said: “This is positive proof of
commitment to the provision of ‘Through Life’ learning and Command,
Management training – both by formal promotion courses giving CMI Management qualifi cations
from the WOs, DOs, SRCC and LRCC promotion courses – and by encouraging and recognising individuals Continuous Personal Development. “These middle, graduate and
postgraduate level management qualifi cations recognise and
enhance the management and leadership skills gained within the
service and competence
now possessed – both in service at junior, middle and senior managements levels – and for those nearing the end of their service.
“These skills and qualifi cations become the springboard for future employment outside the service, which can be looked forward
to with confi dence
in the knowledge that these are highly recognised and sought after in the civilian employment market.”
Wiltshire College was formed in 2000 and is now, following the merger with Salisbury College in January 2008, the main provider of further and higher education in Wiltshire, with an excellent reputation for quality provision, innovation and student care. With over 3,300 full-time students and 6,000 part-time students, Wiltshire College has four main campuses and four smaller centres throughout the county.
DEFENCE INTERNAL BRIEFS 91/10: Future Reserves 2020 Study (FR20) In announcing the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) on October 19 2010, the Prime Minister commissioned a six month review of the Reserve Forces. It will be known as the Future Reserves 2020 Study (FR20). 89/10: Changes to PAX Insurance Scheme effective from January 4 2011: As part of the Budget in June 2010 the Chancellor announced a one per cent increase in Insurance Premium Tax from January 4 2011. As a result there will be a one per cent price increase to the PAX insurance scheme prices. This will take effect from January 4 2011 and will be refl ected in PAX premiums for January onwards.
t whereo look
87/10: UK-France Defence Co- operation Treaty: At the annual UK- France Bilateral Summit the Prime Minister and President Sarkozy announced a new programme of Defence Co-operation. 83/10: Foreign Secretary issues fi rst quarterly report on Afghanistan: Foreign Secretary William Hague delivered the fi rst of the Government’s quarterly reports to Parliament on Afghanistan on 27 October, in which he said steady progress is being made although serious risks and challenges remain.
DEFENCE INSTRUCTIONS AND NOTICES (DINS) DIN 2010 DIN01-187: Regular Armed Forces Redundancy Programme
DIN 2010 DIN01-188: Redundancy Provisions for the Regular Armed Forces DIN 2010 DIN01-194: Equality Act 2010 – Disability Discrimination DIN 2010 DIN01-201: Volunteers for United Kingdom Special Forces Group (UKSF)
DIN 2010 DIN01-205: Volunteers for service with 148 (Meiktila) Commando Forward Observation Battery Royal Artillery DIN 2010 DIN01-206: Naval Service - Merger of regional OJAR cells
with Offi cers’ Promotion
Section (OPS) at Portsmouth DIN 2010 DIN01-209: Status of Sports in the Services – This DIN supersedes DIN 2007 DIN01-105 DIN 2010 DIN01-216: Battle
Injured Mental Health Monitoring Pathway – A pilot study (BIMHMP) DIN 2010 DIN01-219: Armed
Forces Childcare Voucher Scheme – This DIN supersedes DIN 2009 DIN01-121
PAX Scheme effective from January 4 2011
DIN 2010 DIN01-221: Change to
Transfer Overseas – school allowances
DIN 2010 DIN01-224: Permanent
DIN 2010 DIN02-023: Initial action to be taken by non-police personnel on discovering an incident involving death or serious injury – This DIN supersedes DIN 2005 DIN02-243 DIN 2010 DIN05-068: Complaints handling in the Ministry of Defence – This DIN supersedes DIN 2008 DIN05-001
DIN 2010 DIN07-170: Joining Instructions for personnel attending Maritime Warfare School courses at Phoenix Training Group – This DIN supersedes DIN 2009 DIN07-161
Ground Close Combat Roles The MOD Review concludes that the current policy on females serving in Ground Combat roles will remain unchanged. For the Naval Service, this means that women will continue to be excluded from the Royal Marines General Service. Galaxy 26-2010: Message to Command
GALAXY MESSAGES Galaxy 27-2010: Women in
Navy civilian staff:
Personal from 1SL Galaxy 25-2010: Personal from 1SL: 70th anniversary Battle of Taranto.
Issue 13/10 RNTM 242/10: RN Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Extraction (SERE) training policy Issue 13/10 RNTM 254/10: BRd9468 (FLAGO(SM)) ART 1403 Firefi ghting Training
ROYAL NAVY TEMPORARY MEMORANDA
Warnings for ratings on the Untrained Strength (UTS)
Issue 13/10 RNTM 255/10:
Issue 13/10 RNTM 256/10: Driver Training course for Royal Navy personnel – April 2011 to March 2012
Procedure for reporting of fi res and fl oods in ships, submarines and RFAs
Issue 14/10 RNTM 264/10:
Discharge Shore (discharge unsuitable during training) and transfer of ratings on the Untrained Strength
Issue 14/10 RNTM 267/10:
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