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32 NAVY NEWS, JANUARY 2009
News and information for serving personnel
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THE Ministry of Defence and the
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life of Lt Martyn Tait, a qualified discovered…
include public holidays to ensure
Youth Hostel Association (YHA)

those who are deployed get their
Although it was terrifying at
submariner who works within the “I joined the specialisation in
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are not panicking; you get on with
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from August 1-8 at YHA Coverack
your drills and do what needs to
personal and professional further professional and personal
apply for all leave – if you do not
in Cornwall and YHA Whitby in
be done.
development at sea. development.”
think that your leave balance is
North Yorkshire.
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Martyn is a training manager His assignments to date have
correct, then speak to your unit
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so it is essential to know
– they’re often called ‘schoolies’, seen him go from engineering
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Whilst on board Martyn will
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how to do them.
deliver presentations to the ship’s
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You will find all sorts of useful
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a user-friendly Self Service
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November. Thank you to all who completed and returned
funding routes open to them for
The finding of a recent study,
Assistance Guide.
theirs. For those that have received a survey and are yet to
gaining qualifications or preparing
accepted by the Second Sea Lord
And for those still wondering,
complete it, remember this is your chance to have your say.
themselves for resettlement.
‘MMA at PCR(UK)’ stands
on behalf his RN colleagues, is
These surveys are important sources of information that are
Once everyone understands
for ‘Motor Mileage Allowance
PT tree
used to argue your case at the highest level. Don’t waste the
the basics, he will conduct one-
that there will be an enduring
at Private Car Rate (UK)’ and
opportunity to have your views heard. Further information
to-one personal development
requirement for the specialist skills
applies to some journeys made
from Paul Cox on 023 9262 5496 or paul.cox989@mod.uk
interviews, discussing the
of uniformed training managers in
using your own car – see JSP 752
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individual’s aspirations and goals
the Naval Service.
and check with your unit HR
Qualifying Course No 20 find
Whilst this might seem
Office before claiming.
themselves at the top of their
surprising in the light of the current
profession 25 years on.
Chapman Centre opened
programmes to ‘contract out’
The trio – WOPT Ian Binks
more of the day-to-day shoreside
Fresh ideas
(Portsmouth), Lt Doug Wylie
training delivery services, these
only serve to highlight the need
A NEW cookbook aimed at
(Faslane) and WOPT Neal
THE learning centre at RNAS Yeovilton has been The building includes an internet suite, an IT
for specialists who can ensure that
military chefs (or logisticians
Frame (Devonport) – completed
rebuilt to meet the needs of the 4,500 people classroom, a computerised library, two classrooms
our requirements are accurately
(catering services (preparation
their gruelling course at the RN
Physical Training School HMS
based at the air station – and has a new name. with electronic ‘smart boards’ and several offices,
identified and that delivery quality
and delivery))) backed by Gordon
Temeraire in August 1984.
The new building has been named the Chapman and offers courses ranging from basic maths
is maintained.
Ramsay has been launched.
Now, almost a quarter of a
Centre in honour of Lt Cdr Darren Chapman, the and English up to post-graduate management
And, as Martyn’s experiences
It contains more than 50 recipe
century on, they are delivering
CO of 847 NAS, who was killed in action in Iraq studies. show, the reality is that the ideas for those on operations, and
the PDev (Physical Development)
in 2006. Darren’s widow Liz, as guest of honour, formally traditional view of the schoolies’ includes such modern classics
agenda which comprises three
Darren was a regular attendee at the centre, and opened the centre, accompanied by her daughter habitat being limited to a classroom as corned beef balti, spicy bean
pillars – sport, adventurous
is fondly remembered by the staff. Chloe, sister Kate and Darren’s father Don. became obsolete long ago. burgers and Italian tuna pie.
training and physical education –
in their respective base port areas.
“This is a fantastic and exciting
period in our careers, extolling
the virtues of the benefits of Moonlight (battle) and shadows
participating in sport and
recreation,” said Doug. TROPHY 10999 (right) is an and light cruisers HMS Ajax
“Not only are we interested in extract dated 1788 from the and HMNZS Achilles – Force
the delivery of many activities and Captain’s Standing Orders of G, under Cdre Henry Harwood
pursuits at all levels, but we would the second HMS Andromeda, a – encountered German pocket
like to see much more inter-part 32-gun 5th rate frigate of 1784. battleship Admiral Graf Spee off
and grass-roots activities.
The previous Andromeda, a
the River Plate in Argentina.
“The PDev agenda has backing
28-gun 6th rate, had, in January
The German ship was armed
from 2SL downwards and should be
1780, been part of a squadron
with six 11in guns in triple turrets;
embraced by everyone to enhance
under the command of Admiral Sir
Exeter’s main armament was 8in
their wellbeing and health.”
George Rodney which defeated a
calibre and the two light cruisers
He added: “All personnel of
Spanish fleet under Admiral Don
carried 6in guns.
whatever ability should make full
Juan de Langara 12 miles south of
Although outgunned the
use of the fantastic sports facilities
Cape St Vincent in what became
cruisers were able to split the
available in their respective
known as the Moonlight Battle.
enemy’s fire and succeeded in
establishments,” noting that they
During the War of American
hitting the German several times.
are so much better than when he
Independence, Rodney’s squadron
Exeter sustained most damage
first qualified.
was tasked with escorting a relief
– two of her three turrets were put
“Then you were lucky to have
convoy to Gibraltar and Minorca
out of action while the third could
a decent range of weight training
and to then sail to the West Indies.
only be operated by hand, and she
equipment, never mind the
Having captured a Spanish
had to use emergency steering,
extensive CV equipment which is
convoy of 22 ships off Cape
with helm orders being passed to
the norm today.”
Finisterre on January 8, eight
the tiller flat by a line of sailors.
days later he sighted a squadron to be fought by night and Trophy 23688 (right) is a crucifix
Unable to escape to sea, Kapitän
waiting to engage him, so having
of 11 Spanish ships off Cape St relieved considerable pressure on made from the mast timbers of
zur See Hans Langsdorff took Graf consulted Berlin, the Graf Spee
Vincent. Gibraltar. heavy cruiser HMS Exeter. Spee into neutral Montevideo for was scuttled on December 17
The enemy made for Cadiz, With the convoy safely delivered The base bears a brass plate repairs, where her stay was limited 1939, and Langsdorff committed
but Rodney gave chase and in the Rodney sailed to the Caribbean, indicating that the trophy was by neutrality rules. suicide just days later.
ensuing action one Spanish ship but for Andromeda it was a one-way made to commemorate the Battle A successful British intelligence Meanwhile the damaged Exeter
blew up and six were captured. trip – she was lost in a hurricane in of the River Plate. operation convinced Langsdorff had made her way to the Falkland
This was the first fleet action October off Martinique. On December 13 1939 Exeter that a carrier and battleship were
Islands to effect her own repairs.
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