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34 NAVY NEWS, JANUARY 2009
News and information for serving personnel
Frigate fl otilla dips
Help is
there for
New
Haven
into the squad pool
overseas
victims
SERVICE personnel will be
SAILORS and other workers
familiar with the Armed Forces
in HMS Nelson in Portsmouth
Compensation Scheme (AFCS).
have a new place to refresh body
THE Project Fisher However, the Ministry of
and soul - a former chapel in
Geographical Squad Pooling Defence also runs a compensation
Rodney Block which has been
trial was due to go live on
scheme which can make awards
transformed into a social centre,
January 1 2009.
to Service personnel and their
complete with big screen TV,
The new initiative involves
dependents when serving overseas,
books, and a pool table.
the six Type 23 frigates of the
if they are the innocent victims of
The old chapel fittings have
Portsmouth Flotilla and seeks to
crimes of violence.
been relocated and replaced with
improve the quality of life for the
This scheme – the Criminal
Ikea chairs and carpets to give
ABs and LHs in the pool.
Injuries Compensation (Overseas)
them a relaxing place to chill out
It will achieve this by providing
or CIC(O) Scheme – mirrors a
over a cup of coffee – the new
them with known employment similar mechanism operated by
centre is non-alcoholic.
patterns, delivering greater variety the Ministry of Justice for victims
Naval Chaplain the Rev Roland
of employment and better shore- of crime within the UK, and has
Wort said: “The old chapel was
side support, ideally mapped out offered compensation since its
only used for ten minutes a week
beyond two to three years. introduction in 1979.
and we thought the space could
Held under the responsibility of CIC(O) is designed to ensure
be better employed, so we moved
COMPORFLOT and developed that Service personnel and their
the chapel to a new site and
with the close involvement of families are not disadvantaged
turned this into a recreational
the Waterfront Manning Office compared to crime victims in the
centre where people could come
(WMO), the concept aims to UK.
and relax.”
manage JRs across all six ships,
CIC(O) is separate from AFCS,
He added: “It opens every
rather than with a squad for each
which should be applied to if you
weekday and we might open in
unit.
suffer an injury as a direct result
the evenings and at weekends if
A shore-based team, led by
of service.
there is a demand.
WO1 Vic Parsons, will plan the
Free legal advice for applying
“It’s proving popular with
movements of the personnel and
to CIC(O) can also be obtained
Nelson personnel and bandies
assume Divisional ownership of
from Army Legal Assistance, the
from the Royal Marine School of
those assigned ashore.
contact detail for which is printed
Music.”
A typical employment pattern
below.
The Haven, as the new centre
will be as follow:
● AB ET(WE) Rogers being presented with her PORFLOT Type 23 cap tally by Cdre Mike Mansergh
The CIC(O) scheme has
is called, was funded by the Local
Personnel will be assigned into
COMPORFLOT
recently been updated to reflect
Amenities Fund, the Nuffield
Pool by the WMO, and they will
ET(WE) Rogers, who has just changes made to the UK-based
Trust and a contribution from
then join one of the Portsmouth-
During their time ashore, Examples of gainful employment
enturous training, learning been assigned to the Pool, said: scheme, and rules and application
the Naval Base Commander.
based Type 23 frigates.
individuals will be able to take are adv
to drive, bespoke Command, “It’s great I still feel part of the
Cdre David Steel opened
Individuals will serve between
leave and training courses and be forms can be found at www.
Leadership and Management team, but this give me a period of
the centre as his last official
18-24 months in that unit, after
‘employed in gainful activities’. mod.uk/DefenceInternet/
training and ECDL training. time to really plan my life before
engagement as Naval Base
which they will be assigned to the
What does this mean? AboutDefence/WhatWeDo/
Personnel can discuss these going back to sea.”
Commander, and also presented
Shore Pool Element.
‘Gainful activity’ can be classed Personnel/Pensions/
opportunities with the Pool The initial review period for the
a commendation for Lt Gary
At this point divisional
as any employment by which an ArmedForcesPensions/Find
Divisional Senior Rates. trial is the middle of 2009 and it
responsibility is transferred to the
individual is working to engender
OutAboutTheCriminalInjuries
Davies, officer-in-charge of the
The initial reaction to the trial is expected that the trial will run
pool team.
and support the military ethos and
Compensationoverseas
Recovery Cell in Portsmouth.
fighting spirit. has been very positive. until mid-2010.
Scheme.htm
New faces join the RCM(X) team
DURING the past few months RCM(X) also welcomes PO previous jobs, and therefore we are
However, we would appreciate senior ratings and line managers are under the impression that if
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there has been a considerable Amanda Thompson to the team. constantly attempting to balance
it if these questions were are welcome to visit us – by prior there is any yielding to be done in
amount of change here at Already settled into the world of the needs of the Service with the
‘career management’ related so appointment only. Scotland then it will definitely be
RCM(X). a career manager, facing problems needs of the individual.
that our time is not taken by During the course of our duties to St Andrew!
The new faces on the team are: and difficult issues on a daily basis, Any conflicts are usually
questions that should be more we receive some emails which are “Now, niff-naff and trivia
Cdr Stuart Barrand has moved but managing to keep smiling resolved by consulting Fleet’s
appropriately directed to your HR more challenging than others. involving ships’ mottos wouldn’t
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from Leach Building to West and thriving on the challenges it Strategic Manning Priorities List
administrators. We would like to leave you normally bother me but the
Battery to take up the role of SO1 brings. (2008DIN01-202).
We receive an abundance of with one particular email which punishment for unlawful yielding
RCM(X). PO(SSM) Nick Nicholson has We are met by many challenges
emails and try to reply as soon as was received from an individual in accordance with the Daily Record
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His previous experience in also just relieved PO(SSM) Colin which include the requirement to
we can in priority order. that asked if his assignment to a are harrowing – to say the least.
DNPS will be invaluable to the Gibson after being in the chair for fill Op Tours or sea service posts at
We are not always able to particular ship could be changed, “If my yielding is found
RCM(X) team. 30 months. short notice.
answer our phones immediately, and this was the reason why: anywhere out with St Andrews
CPO Sally Armstrong is another And finally PO(CIS) Buck Whilst we endeavour to
especially if we are in the process of “I know I originally asked for the Division then I will consequently
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recent addition to the team. Taylor has taken over the CIS and achieve PFS with the appropriate
assigning, discussing issues or on HMS Dragon, but after Googling be stripped of my kilt, taken to the
Coming from an HR Seaman desk. assignment notice, this is not
assignment visits; however, leave it I came to a startling realisation! top of Ben Cleuch and be hung,
Administrator’s position, we All of the RCM(X) Career always possible in today’s
a message and we will return your “The motto of HMS Dragon is drawn and quartered, but not
are able to use her current HR Managers endeavour to ‘career manpower climate and the high
call within 24 working hours. We yield but to St George. before having a live wild haggis
knowledge. manage’ all of our 12,104 tempo of operations.
We are now firmly established “Now, I’m all for a United stuffed up my bottom to eat from
She is enjoying learning a whole personnel. Working in RCM(X) is both
in our relatively new location of Kingdom as such but I live in the inside out!”
new area, dealing with ‘people’ We have a number of issues to challenging and demanding and
West Battery on Whale Island and Scotland and my fellow countrymen Any tips...?
issues – a refreshing change from consider when achieving this, such we regularly receive a wide range
‘pay’ issues. as sea/shore service, preferences, of questions in the process.
INTRODUCING the new ratings Career Managers (Warfare), or RCM(X):
photographic
Cdr Stuart Barrand SO1 RCM(X) FLEET-DNPERS NPT(X) RCM SO1
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Lt Cdr John Beavis RCM SO2 AIR FLEET-DNPERS NPT(X) RCM AIR
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Lt Cdr David Green RCM SO2 UW FLEET-DNPERS NPT(X) RCM UW SO2
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Lt Cdr Bill Kerr RCM SO2 AWW FLEET-DNPERS NPT(X) RCM AW SO2
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CPO Sally Armstrong Office Manager FLEET-DNPERS NPT(X) RCM CPO
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Senir Ratings
PO Buck Taylor CM for CIS and FLEET-DNPERS NPT(X) RCM CEWSEA
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Ratings
PO Tug Wilson CM for UW, MW FLEET-DNPERS NPT(X) RCM UW DMW
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and all Divers
PO Sarah Redford CM for FLEET-DNPERS NPT(X) RCM AIR
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Feb 09) and Air
PO Donna Hughes CM for AWT, FLEET-DNPERS NPT(X) AWWAWT
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WA Seior Ratings
ROYAL Navy bluejackets of HMS Terrible pose by an armoured train at Durban during the Boer
PO Amanda Thompson CM for Regulators, FLEET-DNPERS NPT(X) RCM SPPTSR
War. Mounted on the fl atbed carriage is an improvised signal lamp consisting of a searchlight and
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shutter mechanism, powered by a dynamo attached to the train. On November 9 1899 the train was
and Metocs
dispatched from Durban to aid General Buller’s army in the relief of the besieged town of Ladysmith
PO Nick Nicholson CM for SM and CT FLEET-DNPERS NPT(X) RCM SM CT
as communication with the town was diffi cult. The train was sited at Frere and communication
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was restored. The preparation of this train along with the naval guns converted for land use which
accompanied Buller was overseen by Capt (later Admiral) Percy Scott RN, commander of HMS Terrible,
Miss Debbie Urry Administrator FLEET-DNPERS NPT(X) RCM ADMIN Military Commandant of Durban and foremost gunnery expert in the Royal Navy (Neg Q115145)
93832 8881 This photograph, and others, can be viewed or purchased at www.iwmcollections.org.uk or by
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emailing photos@IWM.org.uk
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