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Message from the Commander-


Portsmouth Command, I am glad to have the opportunity to say a word for the first issue of the Portsmouth

ducing a lot of news interest for the

sailor, the Royal Marine, officer and man, pensioner or retired, and for the families and friends of all of them. The newspaper sets out with the avowed object not to make record

approach which recognizes that we all in the Navy depend upon each other, and in that spirit to give the best value

readers, Its editorial staff are honorary and imbued with faith in the need for this publication.

sales, not to make capital or to put over propaganda, but with the simple

and benefit to the largest number of

community which has its own lan- guage and customs. Its own regula- tions, its own teams, its own pride, and its own rules. No one can understand a

When you join the Navy you join a

sailor like another, nor can anyone else help so well. In the ship or in the boat, in the football team or on a

foreign commission, we all depend

when achievement has been made pos- sible only because of the happy ship which is produced by this communal

I can bring to mind many occasions

life and thought. I wish NAVY News every success

and a long life.

I. H. EDELSTEN, Admiral.


IT IS appropriate that this, the first issue of The Portsmouth NAVY NEWS.

should be published on the anniversary of the "Glorious First of June." Judging by the enthusiasm which has

greeted the project, the paper should have an assured success. Thousands of


confident that the whole issue will be sold out.

been ordered and we are

" We have received enough articles to fill a newspaper twice the size. Our regrets have been sent to those whose

contributions do not appear in this issue; we shall endeavour to publish them next month.

by advertising in a paper which they have not seen, have made possible this We are confident that their

We are grateful to those firms who, %bli"tion.

to bring to its readers not only the news of the Navy and of the Command but a variety of subjects of general in- terest. As far as possible we have endeavoured to fulfil that object in this issue, but priority has been given to an

The Portsmouth NAVY NEWS aims

important article on drafting, and to the Royal Tournament. Next month the range of subjects will be widened to include sport, motoring and cor- respondence.

This is your newspaper, and we welcome articles, sketches, photo-

graphs and any helpful suggestions that you have to offer. All inquiries foradvertising space

to be sent to:

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S. N. ISISON, I.c.rpsrassd Ietuia.c Sr.ksr KARL SUILDINGS. PORTSMOUTH j7ii.,

T ...   ,.:Per~71M in us will be justified. The Calf~ 1111$ CLUB was first established in

larged by public subscnption and donations from various sources, and

was run as a "charitable institution"

1851 and was known as the Royal ilon' Home. It was built and en-

for the benefit of ratings of the Royal and Merchant Navies. The club was destroyed by enemy action in 1941. In 1945 a meeting of

representatives from each ship and establishment of the Portsmouth

Command unanimously decided to rebuild the club.

With the money from the War Damage Commission, plus donations from several sources, it was possible to commence building in 1948, but funds were only sufficient to complete the basement, ground floor and first floors. This section was opened by Admiral of the Fleet Sir Algernon U. Willis, G.C.B., G.B.E., D.&O.

At the entrance is the hall porter's office where beds may be booked and enquiries dealt with by the hall porter.

The new dub is open day and night.

The first impression is of space, as beyond the hail, itself unusually large, is the central circular vestibule which

is roofed with a glass inlaid dome and paved with marble set

a compass. On the left of the hall is in the design of

the men's lounge with two billiards tables. Opposite is the guest lounge, where members may entertain their

guests. To the right of the vestibule is the bar which

dining ball has a seating capacity of 300 and the service and cuisine are

a free house. The

exceptionally good. Monthly dances are held in this room and are proving

given. The bookstall is also widely used and provides an extensive range of stationery and greetings cards,

stall. Messrs. Bernard., naval tailors, have a shop on the premises where every article of Service and civilian

clothing is stocked. The other amenities are as follows:

Twenty-seven cabins fitted with wardrobe, interior-sprung bed, chest of drawers, chair and wash basin with

hot and cold water, 3.. 64. per night. One

air-conditioned dormitory, 2s per hundred dot~ beds in an

very popular. One of the most useful amenities is the hairdressing saloon- there is every possible aid to comfort and hygiene, and expert service is

tobacco, cigarettes and confectionery. A coach-booking agency for week-end leave coaches is run from the book-

might. Fifty camp beds for use when all other accommodation is full, with

blanket. I.. 9d, per night. Baths and showers. Pressing and changing room.

The government and management of the club I. vested in a committee

of officers and ratings of ships and establishments of the Portsmouth Command; it

run by the Navy. The committee cordially invite all

is, in fact, owned and

ratings and rank, to visit the club when they are next in Portsmouth. This is the rating's own club and it offers every amenity and comfort; good beds, good food, good drink, at charges within the means of the

Service man, and every effort is made to provide the personal attention which means so much.

near the dockyard gates, Gosport ferry, landing slips for boats from

The club is situated in Queen Street,

ships at Spithead and in the harbour, and but services to all parts of the city.

The committee wishes to emphasise that the club is dependent upon the

support of the ratings and ranks of the Royal Navy, and Royal Marines, not only of the Portsmouth Command

and Portsmouth-manned ships, but also those of other commands and

business of the dub (except for a certain sum allocated for charitable

ships visiting the port. Such profit as accrues from the

purposes on behalf of serving and ex- serving personnel) are devoted to add- ing still further to the amenities and comforts for its members.

All chief and petty officers, non- commissioned officers and men of the

personnel (serving afloat) and V.A.I)s. serving in Royal Naval Hospitals or belonging to a ship or establishment

paying an annual subscription. Strenuous efforts are being made to

complete the building, and appeals have been made to naval trusts and funds and to welfare committees.

kindly consented to become Patron of the club.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has

larly requested to visit and inspect the club. Further information can be

obtained from the secretary-manager, telephone Portsmouth 70281-2.

Welfare committees are particu-


Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and rat- ings of the W.R.N.S., N.A.A.F.I.

DAUFMAN Royal Naval and Civilian Tailor and Outfitter

Navy in Parliament Question Time in the House of Commons

THE PARLIAMENTARY Secretary of the Admiralty gave the following answer to a questios about the time air mail took to reach naval personnel based in Japan and to

the area. "Air mail takes six days, on the

ships at am in

average, to reach Tokyo. The further period required to get it to naval per- sonnel depends on whether they are

serving ashore in Japan, or in ships,

maybe either at Japanese ports or at sea. The time taken to get mail to the ships at sea of course varies, but every opportunity is taken to send mail by

ships going to the area where the other ships are at sea. Great trouble is taken about it. If the hon. Member has any case in mind. I should be glad if be would let me know. When 1 was out in Korean waters in August people seemed very pleased with the air mail

or three weeks would be considered an

arrangements." On being asked whether a fortnight

am~length of time for letters to take to reach a man, the Parliamentary Secretary replied that he would say a

the following answer to a question about the number of occasions on

fortnight would be an oxtie case. The Parliamentary Secretary gave

which Royal Navy helicopters have been used for transportation purposes to or from built-up areas near the centre of London; and what safety pre- cautions are required to be observed.

cautions laid down by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation for a civil helicopter and, when in flight, follows the line of

the river to the maximum practicable." On being further asked whether be

felt that any unreasonable risks were taken when a helicopter landed in the

would he have a word with his right hon. Friend and, from the experience

region of Green Park and, if not,

coptees not appear to be as great ashe=*to think, the Parliamentary

Naval Barracks. Portsmouth, can en- dorse the capabilities of naval helico

tainly bear in mind the points which the hon. Gentleman has raised." EDIT0RS Nom-We of the Royal

ters from experiences in recent mont on she Barracks parade grosmd. The First Lord of the Admiralty

applied for discharge by purchase as a result of the recent concessions and

how many have since been granted their discharge.

"Forty-two applications under the revised orders have been received. I

should point out that it will not be pos- sible the approve the first applications immediately; it has been made clear to the Fleet that we must give time for

applications to come in from the whole

"On seven ~~no since October, 1952. The aircraft observes the pre-

Fleet inbrder that they may be put In a fair order of priority. Compassionate cases continue, of course, to be dealt

ratings have been granted compas- sionate discharge during the period under review."

with immediately as before, and 61

gave the following answer to a que.- tioti about how many ratings have

gained by single-engined helicopters of the Royal Navy, indicate to him that the fears about the unreliability of heli-

Secretary said "1 do not think that helicopters are unreliable. 1 will cer-

upon each other. It is my belief that that attitude and atmosphere is essen- tial to produce good results.

NAVY News. I am quite confident that this proj1 is about to fill a long-felt want and will provide a means of pro-

The Glorious First of June

WE MAY well associate in our minds the Glorious First of June with a warm summer day rather than with the anni- versary of a great naval battle. The

year was 1794, the enemy France, in the first great naval battle of the War of the French Revolution, which ended

who led the British Fleet to victory. "Black Dick" they called their beloved

His flagship was H.M.S. Queen Charlotte, which subsequently became

Fleet in an emergency.

II years later at Trafalgar. Earl Howe was the great Admiral

if grim, commander, who, by the way, had been First Lord of the Admiralty, and had retired, but at the age of 64 assumed command of the Channel

H.M.S. Excellent, Her figure-bead still adorns the island. The Army traditionally fought afloat in those days, and it was the

fought in her during the bank. The link between H.M.S. Howe, when she

and the Queen's Regiment was always a strong one. Now officers of Whale

Island and the Queen's traditionally dine together to mark the day, and all

ranks of the regiment visit "Whaley" for a cricket match and other cele- brations. What Trafalgar Day is to H.M.S.

Victory, so the Glorious First of June was to H.M.S. Howe when in commis-

sion. Let us give that great ship a

being entertained on board on such an anniversary, and the day was marked

Queen's Regiment which was em- barked in H.M.S. Queen Charlotte and

thought now as she liescm~ in a Scottish loch. The author well re- members Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, who launched H.M.S. Howe,

by such items in the General Mess menu as Victory Soup and Queen Charlotte Rune; of course, we also gave them French beans.

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