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50 years of service recognised

A ROYAL Marines officer has been formally thanked for 50 years of service – including some of the Corps’ toughest campaigns of the past decades. A citation read at the celebratory lunch in Maj Cameron March’s honour stated that his career “has been characterised by excellence throughout, conspicuous from the outset in your selection as a King’s Badgeman in 1964.” It continued: “Operationally

you have participated in some of the hardest-fought campaigns in living memory; most notably in Aden and later during Operation Corporate [the Falklands Conflict] when you fulfilled that most crucial of leadership roles as Company Sergeant Major within Lima Coy 42 Cdo.” Maj March was

selected for

commission in June 1983, and he retired from regular service in 1996 after 33 years.

He then entered the Civil

Service “and embarked upon the work that all of us privileged to know you today will regard as perhaps your greatest legacy - the development of Operational Stress Management and Trauma Risk Management,” the citation stated. “Such crucial work, which is

acknowledged as best practice around the world and has aided so many of those in uniform as well as those outside the Service who have been exposed to trauma, was properly recognised in your appointment as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. “You have been and will remain an inspiration to all.” Maj March, aged 66, joined the

Corps in January 1963 and over the course of his career served in 41 Cdo, 42 Cdo, 45 Cdo, RM Poole, RM Eastney, 3 Cdo HQ, 539 ASRM, CTCRM, DRORM, and HMS Warrior at Northwood. In the Civil Service, the officer also supported Operation Telic [Iraq] as staff officer dealing with operational stress management and trauma risk management in 2003.

Computerised warship

IT’s HI-TECH – and it’s green. But whether any of the world’s major navies will be interested in a full-sized version is another matter... Michael Murphy, a former LROG, contacted us about a Polish friend of his, George Kwiecer, who lives in Melbourne, Australia. “George has an interesting hobby, which he has taken up in his retirement,” said Michael. “He builds model ships, and his latest is a

warship which has been crafted almost entirely from discarded computer components (pictured left).

“The hull has been constructed from two pieces of timber and the only other materials, other than the computer components, are a child’s toy helicopter, a golf ball and a razor handle. “Perhaps you might consider a heading of ‘the Recycled-class warship’...”

SO IT’S your birthday,

Birthday parmo in the South Atlantic

you fancy a special treat. Who wouldn’t? For one sailor on the last serving

Type 42 destroyer, that treat was a taste of home.

special, it was served up to him by the boss. AB Warfare Specialist Gareth Gibson turned 22 on board HMS Edinburgh whilst deployed in the South Atlantic. Gareth, from Redcar near Middlesbrough, is partial to a parmo – something of a regional speciality on Teesside, consisting of deep-fried breadcrumbed chicken covered in a béchamel sauce and topped with cheese. Believed

introduced to Middlesbrough by an Italian after World War 2 in the form of escalope Parmesan,

to have been

dish can now be found in many varieties across the North-East, featuring such variations as extra meat or garlic sauce, and it is often served with chips and salad – now regarded as an essential part of the culinary scene in the Boro area. And it is a dish that has legs – as Italian migrants and their influence spread, so versions of the parmo have cropped up around the world, including South Korea... It was pretty much the classic

MORE than 30 young swimmers from the Plymouth Royal Navy/Royal Marines Swimming Club marked a year of success with an awards ceremony held at RM Stonehouse in Plymouth. The swimmers, sons and daughters of RN and RM staff, train in pools

who have been on the club committee since their eldest daughter Chloe was five.

the And to make it a bit more and

Teesside parmo that Gareth was served by Cdr Nick Borbone, the Commanding Officer of HMS Edinburgh. Gareth, who previously worked as a pharmacist in a hospital, joined the Royal Navy in February 2009 seeking a sense of adventure and challenge. His primary job on board

involves monitoring the air picture in the Operations Room whilst being on constant standby to respond to threats against the ship. He is on his second deployment to the South Atlantic, and this time he was away over festive period.

Gareth said: “It is tough being

away from home for such a long time, especially being away over the Christmas period. “Being served a birthday meal

from the Commanding Officer of HMS Edinburgh was not only a big surprise to me, but also a rare treat especially when he served me my favourite meal from back home.” Edinburgh, the last Type 42

Destroyer in the Fleet, is due to return to the UK from the South Atlantic next month.

l Cdr Nick Borbone serves up a birthday special – a parmo – to AB Gareth Gibson on board HMS Edinburgh

Plaudits at swimming club RFA captain retires after 44 years

at HMS Drake in Devonport and HMS Raleigh in Torpoint. The event was arranged by WO Diego Walker and his wife Helen,

Chloe is now 20, and is a regular instructor at the club, and while dad is about to leave the Navy after 34, he will continue as club chairman. Swimmer of the Year awards went to Katie Want and Pete Redbourn,

while Teacher of the Year – as voted by students and parents – went to June Porter.

THE arrival of supply ship RFA Fort Rosalie on Merseyside may not have made the headlines, but it was a momentous occasion for her Commanding Officer. For the ship’s move to the Cammell Laird shipyard

at Birkenhead represented the end of Capt Dale Worthington’s final voyage after 44 years at sea with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The ship’s final three-month deployment saw her

supporting counter-piracy operations east of Suez, and included visits to Diego Garcia, the Seychelles, Oman and Mumbai in India.

New skills for children

IT IS not often that schoolchildren have to escape from a stricken submarine – but you never know... If said submarine had a


from High View School in Plymouth on board, then rescuers could probably rely on the youngsters to know the ropes, because some of them have done the training. Maybe not the whole nine

yards, but enough to make for an exciting day at the school. It all came about when seven members of HMS Raleigh, the training establishment at Torpoint in Cornwall, visited the nursery children as part of the Early Years theme ‘Guess Who?’ As well as talking to the children about their jobs, and answering questions on a variety of subjects from medals to guns, the staff also gave pupils a chance to try their hand at some naval skills, including marching, PT – and how to escape from a submarine. Lt Cdr Steve Lovett, Raleigh’s

First Lieutenant, said: “When the school approached us we asked for volunteers to attend and were delighted with the number of people who came forward. “This was a good opportunity Capt Worthington joined the RFA in 1972 after

four years in the Merchant Navy, and was the first commanding officer of the new fleet replenishment tanker RFA Wave Ruler, which was regularly employed in the Caribbean; the ship scored notable successes in the fight against drugs-runners. Capt Worthington admitted the final walk down the gangway was inevitably emotional, but added: “After 44 years at sea I am looking forward to spending more time with my wife and family, and spending time walking in North Wales, golfing and mastering fly-fishing.”

Olympic rowers are tested at Lympstone

OLYMPIC rowers were tested to their limit by elite Royal Marines in their bid to win future medals. Members of the GB rowing

team’s lightweight squad hoping to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics had to negotiate a two-day version of the gruelling programme on offer at the Commando Training Centre RM at Lympstone. The ten rowers,

“We have come back more of a

team now because we had to work together in order to get through it.’’ He said the experience, in which they learned about the history of the Corps, what makes a good commando and talking to Royal Marines with front-line combat experience, was humbling: “We soon realised that what


London 2012 silver medallists, said the extreme physical test, which included breaking ice in order to crawl through a flooded tunnel, had made them better athletes, and they felt inspired by the Navy’s amphibious troops. They said they had learned the

l PO Ricardo Santana lets one of the pupils from High View School try on his cap

Picture: Nicki Dunwell

for us to introduce the Royal Navy to some of the youngest members of society.

“Hopefully meeting some of our staff may have made a lasting impression on the children, who may go on to forge their own career in the Royal Navy in the future.” The Foundation Stage pupils are learning about important

people in society, the jobs they do, and how they influence lives. Class teacher Jessica Lane said:

“We felt that the Armed Forces have such a major, influential role in Britain, especially in the South West, and that this would be a unique opportunity for our children to learn about our wider community.

Royal Marines’ team ethos and how to push themselves mentally and physically beyond their expected limits. On the other

earned the Marines’ respect. An


side they also Richard

Chambers, veteran of Beijing and London, said: “This was really good. It took us out of our comfort zone; two hours of hard physical tests – so different to what we’d normally do.

we go through as athletes doesn’t compare with the Royal Marines,” he continued. “We are not as tough mentally

or physically but we now know that there is always an extra ten per cent reserve we can fall back on once we gain that mental robustness.’’

Visit co-ordinator Capt Steve Cotton RM praised the rowers, saying: “The Olympics were compulsory viewing for us. “There is a lot of cross-over

in terms of physical and mental fitness between Marines and elite athletes.

“They did very well considering their training is so different. “I hope they go away with that ability to build on their mental attitude necessary to get medals.”

Every one a winner

A ROYAL Marines officer who played a major part in the musical celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee events last year was awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours list. Lt Col Nick Grace, the head of the Portsmouth-based Royal Marines Band Service, organised and conducted the music at the Jubilee Muster and review of the Armed Forces at Windsor in May. In his role as Principal Director of Music for the RM Band Service, Lt Col Grace led the massed bands from the three Services – more than 450 musicians and pipers – in front of the Queen and millions of TV viewers around the world.

serving with the RM Band on the Royal Yacht for

His 30-year career has included five years, and


during the Gulf War of 2003 he led the band acting as casualty handlers in concerts on HM Ships Ocean and Ark Royal just days before the start of the conflict. A former Royal Navy pilot was

also awarded an OBE in the list for his outstanding performance as an aviation safety advisor. Nick Dunn left the Service on

Christmas Day as a Commander, and apart from his role as Safety Management Advisor at Navy Command HQ, he flew anti- submarine Sea Kings before being appointed the first Merlin Senior Pilot.

He commanded 814 Naval Air Squadron and the Merlin Helicopter Force, and spent some time working with industry to promote sales of the EH101, of which the Merlin is a variant. He is now a safety officer for the


Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company – the same organisation he worked for before joining the Royal Navy in 1982. Meanwhile a recently-retired officer who was awarded an MBE in the Birthday Honours List has travelled to Buckingham Palace to receive his award. Lt Cdr Stuart Hobson (rtd)

was recognised for his dedication to

the UK’s seaborne nuclear

deterrent patrols and for helping to promote relations between the Royal Navy and the US Navy. In a 38-year career Lt Cdr Hobson served in Polaris boats HM Ships Renown,


and Resolution and Vanguard submarines Victorious and Vengeance, and he finished his time with the Royal Navy as Officer-in-Charge of Clyde Naval Base’s Strategic Weapons Support Building.

h Another key member of

staff working with the national strategic deterrent has received a valedictory award certificate after 33 years in the Royal Navy. WO1 Jeff Griffiths left the Mob and Devonport at the end of last year – then

returned this year h

in a new guise, having joined Babcock’s Tactical Weapons Test Organisation. AET Thomas Baker has been presented with the Trainee of the Term award at RN Air Station Culdrose on the completion of his professional training with search and rescue unit 771 Naval Air Squadron.


AET Baker won the award by his outstanding performance – including academic achievements, attitude and military bearing – while training on Sea King aircraft. Officer Cadet Peter Whiteley has been nominated for a top Naval award after winning a major engineering prize for a master’s degree project at the University of Cambridge. That in turn led to him being

nominated for the Naval Review Prize, offered for the best papers and articles written by members of the Service for the independent quarterly journal which promotes debate within the Royal Navy. OC Whiteley’s study into the

fault detection in wind turbine gearboxes earned him the prize of the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Institute, Babcock Award for the Best Mechanical Engineering Student of the Year.

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