The New Year’s Honours list 2012 published on December 31 2011:
Appointments to the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath As Knight Commander Vice Admiral Paul Lambert As Companions Vice Admiral Philip Andrew
Major General Jeremy Hywel Thomas DSO Royal Marines
Appointments to the Military Divsion of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire As Commanders Captain Paul Abraham Captain Steven Dainton Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel John Jarvis QHS Commodore Robert Joseph Thompson As Offi cers
Captain Robert Commander
Stuart Simon Phillip
Commander Michael Robert James Maltby
Molyneaux Commodore John Keith
Commander Peter Nicholas Captain Jonathan
Pentreath Reunions FEBRUARY 2012
Class Frigates Association: Reunion at the Sarisbury Social Club, Sarisbury on February 14. All ex-Bay Class welcome. Contact Doug Turk at doug. firstname.lastname@example.org
or tel: 01252 378629 for details.
HMS Duchess Association: Hold their next reunion from March 9 to 11 at the Tillington Hall Hotel, Stafford. All commissions are welcome. For full details contact Sharky Ward at 17 Marne Gardens, Lincoln LN1 3UQ or tel: 01522 872998. RN Communications Association:
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North Russia Club: Reunion will take place at the West Hill Hotel, St Helier, Jersey, JE2 3HB from 5 to 12 May. Book direct or contact Harry Allen on 01843 832943 or Austin Byrne at austinbyrne@ talktalk.net
, tel: 01274 881821. HMS Wizard & Cadiz Association: AGM/Reunion at Torquay from May 11 to 14. Growing membership. All commissions, ranks and rates welcome. Contact Jim Watkins at email@example.com
or tel: 01872 274419. BRNC May 1972 Entry: 40th anniversary
AGM and Annual Dinner at the Holiday Inn, Southampton from March 9 to 11. For more information contact Carl Beeson, Hon Sec at firstname.lastname@example.org
or tel 01752 481283 (W) or 01752 253746 (H). HMS Fearless Reunion 2012: Reunion will take place in the Invincible Room, at the Royal Beach Hotel, Southsea on March 17. 2012 will be the 10th anniversary since HMS Fearless de-commissioned and also the 30th anniversary of the Falklands Confl ict. The evening will include entertainment, buffet and a raffl e/auction. Proceeds will be donated to RN & RM Charity and a local special needs school. Price per ticket: £20.00. Tickets may be collected from WO1(MAA) Kev Williams at Whale Island or alternatively, he will post them to you on receipt of your payment (please provide a SAE). Cheques are to be made payable to: HMS Fearless L10 Association. Places will be on a fi rst come basis and limited to a maximum of 300. For further details contact WO1(MAA) Kev Williams at kevinwilliamsmbe@btinternet. com or tel: (93832 7060/02392 547060 or 07799 640507).
HMS Glory Reunion: Takes place at the Savoy Hotel, Bournemouth from March 23 to 26. All old Glory shipmates are welcome. Details from Tom Stallard at email@example.com
or tel 01303 256457.
reunion will take place at The Shipwreck (ex HMS Ganges, Enright Block) on March 25 – 1130 through 1500. Buffet lunch and raffl e £10. Contact Len Manners on 01562 561968.
RNXS (East Anglia) Group: The annual
Dinner: Takes place in the Mountbatten Suite, RM Museum, Southsea on March 29. The Guest Speaker will be Rear Admiral Simon Goodall. The dinner is open to any individual who has completed commando training and subsequently been a serving member of the RN, to include retired personnel and commando trained individuals who have transferred from other services. Dress will be Mess Undress/1s or black tie for civilian guests and the cost is expected to be around £30 depending on sponsorship. Those interested should contact CPO Watson on 023 9254 2701 at the earliest opportunity to secure their place. This promises to be a night to remember.
Force will hold its annual Junglie Dinner on April 19 at the Wardroom, RNAS Yeovilton. All Junglies both serving and retired are welcome to attend. Details available from firstname.lastname@example.org
limited. HMS Middleton
28th Reunion will be on April 27 and 28 at the RNA Club, Royal Leamington Spa. All supporters welcome. Details from Mike Alston, 6 Belmont Park Road, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 6HT or tel: 01628 629655. HMS Cumberland Association: The
reunion will be held at the Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport, PR8 1RB from April 27 to 30. All men and women who served on the County class cruiser or the Type 22 frigate are welcome to attend. Booking forms can be obtained from the Chairman Sam Watson at email@example.com
or tel: 01634 235861. RN Display Team 1985: Where are you
Junglie Dinner: Commando Helicopter APRIL 2012 The Inaugural Royal Navy Commando
reunion. Were you one of us? Are you interested? E-mail your details without attachments to BRNCMay72entry@aol. com for further details or call 0114 255 3556.
HMS Minerva Reunion: This will take place on May 18 at the Commissioner’s House in the Historic Dockyard, Chatham, where there will be an afternoon reception followed by an opportunity for a less formal get-together in a local hostelry. For more information contact Barry Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
or tel: 020 8313 4190 (W) 01732 700633 (H).
HMS Ganges (RNTE Shotley): To all ex HMS Ganges personnel, a reunion is to be held at Pakefi eld, Lowestoft (formerly Pontins) from June 22 to 25. Options other than the full three nights are available for booking. Open to all ex Ganges and all are welcome to possibly the last opportunity to visit the old place and museum before the developers start on it. Details and bookings from Robbie Robson at robbie.fna@virgin. net or tel: 0191 584 7058.
HMS Liverpool Association: The
reunion takes place on June 9 at the GIs Association, Whale Island, mustering at 1200. Our association is made up of those who served on the Cruiser and the Type 42 Destroyer and new members are always welcome. For more information and membership details contact John Parker at email@example.com
tel: 023 9252 1222.
or SEPTEMBER 2012
Castle Class Corvette/Frigate Association: Annual reunion September 21 to 24 at Tillington Hall, Stafford. On the Saturday we will be dedicating at the National Memorial Arboretum our new memorial to all the Castle-class corvettes/ frigates of the Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Norwegian Navy 1943-1961 and to those ships converted to Rescue and Ocean Weather Ships. To join the Association and/or obtain further details please contact the Secretary Mike Biffen at firstname.lastname@example.org
or tel: 0121 429 3895.
JULY 2012 Royal Marines Signals and
Telecommunications Bi-annual Reunion 2012: The Sigs and Tels specialisations will be holding its biannual 2012 reunion at the SNCO’s Mess, CTCRM, on Saturday July 14 2012. This is open to all ranks of both specialisations. If you were/are a serving member and would like to attend, or would like further information, please contact CIS Trg Coy Clerk (Miss Sheila Wells) on 01392 414397 or email CTCRM-SW-CISTC- REGISTRY@mod.uk
. Alternatively please call Signals Specialisation Adviser (WO1 Lee Carr RM) on 01392 414089 or email CTCRM-LDGR-SIG-WO1@mod.uk
HMS Tartar Association: Annual Reunion at the Copthorne Hotel, Plymouth from October 5 to 6. For further details please contact Linda at email@example.com
or tel: 07866 928496.
NOVEMBER 2012 HMS Albion 1962-64 Commission: The
now? We are trying to develop the RN Display Team 1985 Facebook page, with a view to a fi rst reunion to be held on April 28, 2012. If you have problems accessing Facebook please email Ian Smith at ian. firstname.lastname@example.org
or tel: 01933
next reunion takes place on November 3 at the Royal Beach Hotel, Southsea, Portsmouth. It will be 50 years to the day that Albion sailed for the Far East. Seeking shipmates from that commission, Ken Richardson, David Burton and Tony Hingston. It would be great to meet up at this special reunion. Contact Pete Childe at 3 Heath Road, Deepcar, Sheffi eld S36 2QG or 01142 887769.
As Members Warrant Offi cer 1 (Abovewater
Warfare Tactical) Gerard Maurice Burns Warfare Specialist Chief Petty Offi cer Coxswain (Submarines) Martin Farr Lieutenant Commander Lee
Hazard Lieutenant Commander
Andrew Michael Leaver Lieutenant Commander Mandy Sheila McBain
Lieutenant Commander Stuart Charles William Millen
Richard Hugh Witte Warrant Offi cer 1 (Abovewater
Warfare Tactical) Nicholas Payne Warfare Specialist
Acting Lieutenant Colonel
Richard Joseph Rearden Royal Marines Major Derek Bryan Stafford Royal Marines Warrant Offi cer 2 Robert
Toomey Royal Marines Commander
Wheatley Royal Navy Reserve (Sea Cadet Corps) Colour
Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal
Chief Petty Offi cer (New Entry Instructor) David Henry Gibson Royal Naval Reserve
John Wilkinson Royal Marines Major Dean Ashley Williams Royal Marines
Captain Tom Jennings RM. Died after the vehicle he was travelling in struck an explosive device whilst on an operation to the south of Kabul, Afghanistan. December 22. Aged 29. See page 4.
Andrew ‘Andy’ Broadfoot. Yeoman of Signals. Joined Bruce 1947 Signal Boy then served Jamaica, Warrior, Cardigan Bay (Korean War), Vanguard, Gambia, Venus and Apollo. HMS Bruce Association. December 2011. Aged 79. Terence Alfred John ‘Taj’ Andrews. PO/ AL. Served 1952-70 in Eagle, Victorious, Indefatigable and Brighton. December 18. Aged 75. Leonard ‘Len’ Jordan. EM. Served on
board Cheviot 1948 and a member of the association. November 13. Brian Holmes. Ch Mech(E). Served 1953-80 in Indefatigable, Dunkirk, Pelican, Blackpool, Bermuda, Belfast, Lynx, Yarnton, Lindisfarne, Sultan, Maidstone (Northern Ireland), Hecla and Hydra also Chief of Dock Faslane. Last deploy onboard Training ship for fi nal leg of
Drake’ (Eye of the Wind). 2011. Aged 75. Bob Anderson RM. Olympic fencer and movie sword master who stepped in during key fi ght scenes including three of the original Star Wars fi lms The Empire Strikes Back and Return of The Jedi. January 1. Aged 89.
Ian Smith. CPO. Served in Ganges, Bristol, Puma, Galatea, Torquay and Southampton. November. Aged 59. David A Cook. WO MEA(P). Served 1962-90 in Aisne, Forth (Singapore 1967-69), Kent, Devonshire and London. November 16 in Spain but fl own home for burial in Portsmouth. Aged 70. Wilfred ‘Benny’ or ‘Wilf’ Bartlett. AB
Radar Operator. Served 1947-54 in Dryad, St George, Cheviot, Tenacious, St Vincent, Victory, Vengeance and Howe. HMS Cheviot Association. December 24. Peter George ‘PG Tips’ ‘Robbie’ ‘Jo- 90’ Roberts. Cook. Served 1958-67 in Pembroke, Excellent,
St Vincent and Victory, also Jaguar and Victorious. Aged 71. Brian Silk. POME. Served 1954-77 in Raleigh, Victory, Saintes, Bellerophon, Armada, Triumph, Pembroke, Tiger, Sultan Dingley, Leopard, Vernon, Dufton, Echo, Llandaff, Drake, Albion, Hydra, Upton and Nelson. Ton Class Association. October 28. Aged 74.
David A Lowe. LME Stoker branch. Served 1945-58 in submarines Alliance, Affray, Anchorite, Trenchant, Tudor, Truncheon, Sea Devil, Springer, XE7 and XE8, Expunger also Hedingham Castle. December 18. Aged 83. Donald Frazer ‘Taff’ Campbell. LSeaman. Served 1949-55 in St Vincent, Whirlwind, Drake (x3), Black Swan, AB aboard Unicorn 3rd Commission (1951- 52) and Battleaxe. Discharged to Royal Fleet Reserve. HMS Unicorn Association. September 13. Aged 78. Ronald Amos. 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment. Unicorn in transit 1951 to Singapore and Hong Kong. HMS Unicorn Association. July 29. Aged 79. C/Sgt
David Farrow RM. Served
1953-75 in the Arabian Peninsula, Cyprus and Malaysia. Upon leaving the Marines he worked 12 years as a chief driving instructor for the MOD at Bordon; local councillor for 16 years and Havant Mayor 1999-2000. December 26. Aged 76. Colin Fairbrother. LOEM. Served 1958-68 in submarines Alderney, Astute, Aurochs, Solent, Trenchant and Valiant. Derbyshire Submariners Association. December 22. Gordon Blackmore. Fleet Chief. Served 1943-76. As part of his career he served in Burma and on loan to the US Navy. Awarded BEM 1964 also served on loan to the Malaysian Navy 1964 where he was awarded the PPM in 1967. Royal British Legion. January 6. Aged 84.
ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION
Frederick ‘Fred’ Cooper. Joined Raleigh 1950 aged 16. Served as a ship’s diver; stationed Malta, Agadir; also Tyne and Ark Royal. Founder member of Cyprus branch. December 4.
Ministry of Defence: 0870 607 4455,
Royal Navy: 0870 607 4455, www.
RN Community: www.royalnavy.mo
d. uk/community Veterans Agency: 0800 169 2277,
Royal Navy recruitment: 0845 607
RN and RM Service records: 01283
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity: 023 9254 8076, www.rnrmc.org.uk
RNBT: 023 9269 0112 (general), 023 9266 0296 (grants), www.rnbt.org.uk
British Legion: 08457 725725, www.
Royal Naval Association: 023 9272 www.ro
Seafarers UK: 020 7932 0000, www.
Naval Families Federation: 023 9265
SSAFA Forces Help: 0845 1300 975,
Medals enquiries: 0800 085 3600 Royal Naval Museum: 023 9272 7562,
Fleet Air Arm Museum: 01935 840565, www.fl eetairarm.com
Royal Navy Submarine Museum: 023 9251 0354, www.rnsubmus.co.uk
National Maritime Museum: 020 8312
Royal Marines Museum: 023 9281
Imperial War Museum: 020 7416 5320,
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James Henry Green. Served Argonaut during WW2. Skipton & District RNA. December 12. Aged 86. Harry Harper. 1943 he transferred from the army into the RN and served aboard Sheffi eld until demob in 1946. Life member of Stourbridge branch and treasurer for several years. November 25. John Edward Saffery. President of Whitstable RNA and Chairman from 1997- 2011. December 6. Aged 82. Thomas ‘George’ Crawley. CMEA. Served 1950-69 in Triumph, Surprise, Puma, Paladin, Layburn, Rame Head, Hartland Point and Diana. Chatham branch. December 14. Aged 82. Ian Wigston. Chief Mechanician and Instructor at Ganges. Seconded to Staff of First Sea Lord and served Newfoundland of which association he was chairman. Vice chairman of Maidstone RNA. January 1. Aged 80.
Sidney ‘Sid’ Dufton. L/Tel. Served 1940-46 in Royal Arthur, RNB Chatham, Goshawk (RNAS Trinidad), Clarkia, NP1734 (Royal Edgar) and NP1730 (Royal Alfred). Life Vice President of Lincoln RNA for many years. December 28. Aged 92. Gordon Collings. Riggers Mate. War service in Rosyth (Rooke) and served Wildfi re 1940-45. Ipswich RNA. September. Aged 93.
Doug ‘Nick’ Carter. CPO. Service career included Instructor at Ganges. National Life Vice President Ipswich branch and Area 5 National Council Member 11 years. October.
James ‘Barney’ Barnett. POMEM. Served 1965-83 in Zest, Lynx, Penelope, Ark Royal and Alacrity. Member and past Social Secretary Weymouth RNA. December 4. Aged 62. Albert Webb. PO AF/A FAA 1940- 47. Served in Argos, Owl, Jackdaw and Daedalus. Founder member Lichfi eld RNA and Standard Bearer for many years. December 30. Aged 89.
FLEET AIR ARM ASSOCIATION Albert Home. POAM(A). Served 1942-
46. Ford branch. October 25. Thomas ‘Tom’ Hall. LAM(A). Served 1940-45. Birmingham branch. December 17.
James Litchfi eld. AM(A). Served 1942- 46 in Gosling, RAF Hednesford (training), Heron, Robin, Sparrowhawk, Indefatigable, Nabstock (MONAB VI Queensland, Australia), Humming Bird and Siskin; 759 and 1770 NAS. Daedalus branch. December 12. Aged 88. S/Lt Ray Brant. (AE). Served 1944-46. Birmingham branch. December 19. Frederick ‘Fred’ Good. PO TAG3. Served 1942-46. Initial training at Royal Arthur prior to posting to Canada to train as a Telegraphist Air Gunner (TAG) and served on board MAC Empire MacKendrick with Merchant Aircraft Carrier operational Squadron 846 patrolling the Atlantic Gap; also Waxwing, Daedalus, Shrike, Godwit and 1702 and 758 squadrons. Member of Telegraphist Air Gunners Association, Merchant Navy Association (DEMS member) also Secretary of Watford branch FAA Association. December 16. Aged 87. Norman ‘Darby’ Allan. WO(AEM). Served in Ganges, Bulwark and RNAS Culdrose. FAA and a member of the Aircrewman Association. November 5. Aged 68.
Sydney Thompson. NAM 1 (AE). Served 1956-66, in Daedalus, Gamecock, Fulmar, Ark Royal (800 NAS 1960-61), Condor, Centaur (893 NAS), Fulmar Station Flight (1963-64) and on loan to the Army Air Corps (1964-66). Daedalus branch. October 10.
ALGERINES ASSOCIATION Lt Cdr Peter Granger. Served in
Rifl eman and Albacore. July 19. Anthony Harrison. Ld/Wr. Served in
Mariner. November 9. Aged 81. Walter
Mansbridge. AB. Served in
Felicity. December 1. Aged 88. Frank Savage. AB. Served in Vestal. December 8. Aged 86. Donald Cole. ERA. Served in Wave. December 15. Aged 86. Gerald Shipstone. AB. Served in Gozo. December 24. Aged 86.
THE TIME OF YOUR LIVES 1972198219922002
We fl ick back through the pages of Navy News to see which stories were drawing attention in past decades...
● Wrens Maureen Logan (left) and Sally Peddle test out HMS Invincible’s ski-ramp after a sudden snowfall lends a wintry aspect to the carrier’s deck
PLANS were well under way for more ships to join the ‘Undergrad Fleet’ run by university naval units, following the success of the first two ships.
Aberdeen, with HMS Thornham, which had already taken under- graduates from the naval unit to Dartmouth and continental ports every summer.
SO that’s why it’s called a ski ramp! Wrens Maureen Logan and Sally Peddle are pictured above taking advantage of a heavy snowfall to test out the ramp of HMS Invincible alongside in Portsmouth. The Wrens, both based in the naval base, borrowed the equipment from a sports’ shop in Southsea to practise their skiing skills after heavy snow blanketed the carrier’s ramp and flight deck.
NAMES were announced for the three Duke class frigates about to be built by Yarrow Shipbuilders on the Clyde. They were to be called Somerset, Grafton, and Sutherland, only one of which – Grafton – had been used for a ship in the 20th century. The only previous Somerset had been a third rate in 1748, although there were two earlier Somersetts. Work was due to begin on the first of the three later in the
year. February 2002
A DUTCH ship bound for training with FOST came bearing gifts at Devonport Naval Base, in the shape of hundreds of tulip bulbs.
The traditional gift of tulips from the Royal Netherlands Navy began in 1946 as a tribute to the ‘hospitality, friendship and wonderful sportsmanlike spirit of the Royal Navy which has been an inspiration.’ The 470 bulbs were delivered by the Dutch ship HNLMS Bloys
van Treslong. One of the first universities to have its own warship was
The next universities in line for a ship were Liverpool, Southampton and Glasgow.
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