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NAVY NEWS, MARCH 2009 29
No sibling
Ibrox rocks
HMS CALEDONIA’S Master-at-Arms MAA
David Saunders had a surprise send-off from
his colleagues after 27 years of outstanding
service.
As a lifelong supporter of Glasgow Rangers,
his Caledonia shipmates arranged for him
rivalry at
to tour Ibrox stadium, then meet Rangers’
legend Ally McCoist, and be presented with
a signed and framed Rangers’ football strip
featuring his name and time served.
David said: “It was a wonderful surprise.
The first I knew of it was when we neared
the gates of Ibrox. Even my wife and kids
managed to keep the secret. I thought I was
Raleigh
turning up with them to be presented with
a Quaich [a Scottish drinking cup] by the
commanding officer of Caledonia, and have
some photographs taken at the base.
“Receiving my signed football top from Ally
McCoist was the icing on the cake and he
couldn’t have been friendlier.”
His CO Cdr Peter Adams said: “We were
really keen to do something special to mark
his leaving the Navy.
PASSING-OUT parades
“He’s a bit of a special character and will be
have always been a family sorely missed by all of us at HMS Caledonia.”
affair at HMS Raleigh, but The officer credited all the hard work with
it’s not every day you get
the arrangements to PO ‘Mal’ Malcolm and
brothers and sisters on the
MAA Stuart Campbell.
same parade.
It’s happened twice already this
year, with two pairs of siblings
Julie keeps up standards
training in the same division.
First to march off together
FOR the first time RNAS Officer at Culdrose and is also
were Daniel and Gina Maloney,
Culdrose has a female Base the President of the Warrant
from Wigan, who are both trainee
Warrant Officer in the personage Officers’ and Senior Rates’
Warfare Specialists. In their case
of Julie Wilde. Mess.
it was even more of a family
As with any senior rate Julie Wilde joined the Navy
affair as they were following in
appointed to the post – male in 1980 and trained at HMS
the footsteps of big brother Lee,
or female, she will advise the Mercury, near Portsmouth, as a
26, who’s now a Petty Officer in
Commanding Officer on matters Radio Operator. She went on to
HMS Kent.
affecting the welfare and morale see service in various overseas
Lee was there, with parents
of the men and women who Communication Centres
Carol and Neil, to see his kid
serve at Culdrose. including the Falklands Islands.
brother and sister pass out.
Base Warrant Officers (BWOs) She was promoted to Warrant
Gina, 16, was due to join up in
are responsible for maintaining Officer in 2000 and earmarked
January, but then a letter arrived
military standards amongst for a variety of training
bringing her date forward and
● Gina and Daniel Maloney preparing for their passing-out parade serving personnel. As a badge of appointments culminating in the
putting her on the same course
office they carry a smart silver- post of Training Warrant Officer
as Daniel.
topped cane to alert everyone of responsible for the duty of care
Gina said: “Daniel opened the
their presence. of naval personnel at RNAS
letter and I thought he was joking
In her appointment as BWO, Culdrose.
at first. I was really pleased to be
Warrant Officer Wilde assumes She is married to Neil and
joining on the same day as him,
the mantle of senior Warrant lives near Helston in Cornwall.
because I have to admit I was a
bit nervous about joining up on
my own.
“We didn’t want to rely on each
other too much during training,
but it definitely helped having a
familiar face around, particularly 6*'41;#.0#8#.
in the first few weeks.”
Although in different classes,
the two of them trained side-by-
side and admitted to some good-
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natured competition.
Daniel said: “There’s always
been a bit of sibling rivalry between Once Navy Always Navy
us and it’s continued here, but
we’ve also been egging each other
to do the best that we can.
He added: “The training has
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been great. We are really proud to
be completing the course with all
Supports the Royal Navy Maintains Naval tradi�ons
● Trainee Air Engineering Technicians David Chapman and
the friends we have made.” Katherine Batten, who is holding the Owen Cup, presented to her as
Daniel and Gina are now at top recruit, at HMS Raleigh
Enjoys social ac�vi �es Re-unites Shipmates
Pictures: Dave Sherfield
HMS Collingwood, learning how
to gather and interpret information “David saw all the leaflets we’ve done together and at other
Remembers the fallen Helps the disabled
about a ship’s surroundings, as around the house. I became like times our classes have trained
well as operating the weapons and a recruiting officer and eventually separately.
>ooks aL er the needy Cheers up the distressed
defensive systems. dragged him into the careers “Overall it’s been really good to
The next brother and sister office.” have each other close by.”
Stands together in Unity
combo were Air Engineering Katherine, who is married to The brother and sister will now
Technicians David Chapman and Andrew Batten, won the Owen head to HMS Sultan, in Gosport,
Katherine Batten, from Arbroath. Cup at Raleigh for the best for the specialist phase of their
David has his little sister to recruit. training.
thank for his blossoming naval She said: “This course has Public Relations Manager at
career – for it was Katherine who been one of the most challenging HMS Raleigh Nicki Dunwell said:
marched him down to the careers experiences of my life and I’ve “Although we often have brothers
office. enjoyed every minute of it.” and sisters on different courses,
Katherine, 22, who previously David, 23, who had worked as a it’s quite rare that they pass out
worked as an artist, was the one swimming instructor and lifeguard, together, but it seems to be a
who had the brainwave of a Naval said: “I fancied a challenge and trend this year.”
career. working with the aircraft looks She added: “They usually train
She said: “I wanted to join really interesting. in separate classes if they’re in
because of the fantastic career He added: “Although Katherine the same division, so they have a
prospects, the chance to travel and I have been in the same friendly face around, but without
all over the world and for the job division throughout we’ve been vying with each other in class all
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SCHOOLKIDS in Belfast were
delighted when a helicopter
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from HMS Gannet made a flying
Associate Members
visit to their primary school.
The helicopter and crew
Those in sympathy with our Objects, especially families.
swooped in to Strandtown
Primary School and spent an
hour and a half talking to the
Contact Nigel Huxtable at RNA HQ
pupils and showing them round
the Sea King, which had flown
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from its base in Prestwick.
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of the Fleet Air Arm, which
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