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NAVY NEWS, MARCH 2010 31
Siblings to the fore at
Dartmouth ceremony
● Alan Jackson receives his
medal from Maj Gen Nikolay
Koval at the Russian Embassy
SIBLINGS were very much to as she completed her degree in
● Thomas Bullivant with his
Rescue hero
the fore at the last passing out
applied marine sports science at
grandfather, Windsor Davies
parade of 2009 at Dartmouth
Plymouth University.
– those who were there and,
She graduated in September
It wasn’t
finally gets
in at least one case, those who
2008 and is to train as a warfare
officer.
were not.
Adam joined after taking
First those who were there.
A-levels at Downfield Sixth Form
A total of 377 personnel formed
his medal
College in Stroud and is now
half cold,
the end of term parade before the
to undertake the rigours of pilot
Earl of Wessex.
training.
Of that 377, just under 170 had
The training he has undertaken mum...
THE Russians finally got their
reached the end of their 28-week
at Dartmouth is all accredited
man – and a Navy aviator got his
Initial Officer Training course
towards a foundation degree
THE grandson of a TV sitcom
medal.
at Britannia RN College, which
course, so he has the option to
soldier has completed his basic
MA Alan Jackson has had two
has been turning out Royal Navy
work towards a degree whilst
training as a sailor.
Royal Navy postings, completed
officers for more than 100 years.
serving.
Trainee Air Engineering
a four-year degree and moved
The young men and women have
Now for the sibling who was
Technician Thomas Bullivant,
house since he was involved in a
faced many and varied challenges
not there.
from Sutton, joined the Navy
lifesaving mission over a stormy
as they developed their leadership
The family of S/Lt Christopher
towards the end of last year.
Atlantic.
skills and understanding of the
Barber had a real dilemma on
And one of the family members
In late 2001, Alan was a medic
Royal Navy.
their hands.
who watched him pass out of HMS
with the RN search and rescue
● The passing out parade at Dartmouth
They were the first cohort of
Twin brothers Chris and
Raleigh was grandfather Windsor
unit at HMS Gannet in Prestwick,
Picture: Craig Keating, VT Flagship college photographer
cadets completing the restructured
Thomas (23) were both on
Davies, who played Battery Sgt
and was part of a five-man crew
course, which now includes ten
parade.
scrambled to save a Russian sailor.
links to Dartmouth was there for Wessex took particular interest
Maj Williams in the BBC’s It Ain’t
weeks at sea on capital warships But while Chris was marking
After an emergency
personal reasons. in the 14 RFA cadets who have
Half Hot Mum.
where they get a first-hand the completion of his training at
appendectomy aboard the Vasily
Rear Admiral Tony Johnstone- completed a seven-week training
Thomas was attracted to life in
introduction to life at sea.
Tatishev, the sailor developed an
BRNC, Thomas was on parade at Burt attended the parade as a course at BRNC.
the Senior Service by the career
On parade were sister and
infection and became critically ill.
the Commando Training Centre proud father, watching his eldest The course is designed to
opportunities and the chance to
brother Sarah and Adam Vines – Lympstone, Exmouth, where he son Edward march round the introduce them to various travel.
So the Gannet duty crew was
the first time such siblings have has just completed the gruelling ramps and then make the slow aspects of leadership and provide “The course pushed me to put
called to the outer limits of their
passed out together having carried 15-month Officer Training march up the steps and in through a comprehensive understanding in maximum effort to achieve my
coverage area – 200 miles into the
out their training simultaneously. Course. the College’s central front door. of the Royal Navy before they goals,” he said.
Atlantic north west of Ireland – to
Sarah (23) and Adam (19) The solution? Something of Such parades are nothing move forward with careers in “My favourite part was the
airlift the man to hospital.
joined BRNC in April and, a compromise – as soon as the new to Rear Admiral Johnstone- the RFA. expedition across Dartmoor.
In atrocious conditions, the
although in separate divisions, parade in Dartmouth finished, Burt, who was the Commodore The RFA’s main task is to “We hiked 18km over harsh
Navy aircraft flew to the scene,
have obviously seen each other Chris travelled to Exmouth to join of BRNC between 2002 and supply warships of the Royal Navy terrain, after sleeping in tents and
recovered the man from the
throughout training. all his family who were there for 2004, but he commented on how operating around the world with washing in a freezing stream.
pitching ship and delivered him
Their family travelled down the double celebration. inspiring and emotional it was to fuel, food, stores and ammunition, “I had a real sense of
to hospital in Londonderry, where
from their home town of Stroud And before we finish with the witness Edward on the parade. and a deeper understanding of achievement at the end.”
he recovered.
in Gloucestershire for the day. family theme, one of the senior As Commodore-in-Chief of the each other’s organisations should Thomas is now undergoing
All five aviators were awarded the
Sarah decided to join the RN officers in attendance with strong Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the Earl of bring benefits to both sides. specialist training at HMS Sultan.
Russian medal for Strengthening
of Brotherhood in Arms.
“Obviously I feel greatly
honoured to be recognised in this
way for my part in the rescue, but
Engineers rewarded
we were all just doing our jobs and
SHIP’S sponsor Lady Anne Kerr Marine Engineering department
we just tried for the best outcome
possible – which we did manage to
has visited HMS Northumberland for their outstanding diesel repair
achieve,” said Alan.
to present the award that bears work in Salalah last March.
He was presented with his medal
her name. Northumberland faced major
by the Defence and Military
Lady Kerr, who attended with defects on the engines just as she
Attache of the Russian Federation
her husband Admiral Sir John was about to return to the UK
Embassy to Great Britain, Maj
Kerr, was present at the launch of after a six-month deployment off
Gen Nikolay Koval.
the Type 23 frigate in 1992 and Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden.
has maintained close ties with the With the frigate alongside in
Inaugural award
ship ever since. Oman, her marine engineers,
The Lady Anne Kerr Trophy was alongside colleagues from
for Roebuck chippy
donated as a means of rewarding a Devonport Fleet Maintenance
team or individual who, in the view Unit, worked exceptionally long
of her Commanding Officer, have hours in challenging conditions
CPO(MEA) Paul Dent became
the inaugural recipient of a
made a unique and significant to completely change an engine in
Captain HM Commendation.
contribution to maintaining the record time.
As the chippy in HMS Roebuck
ship’s operational capability The award was received by POs
for three years, Paul saw her
during the previous year. Mackay and Geofroy on behalf of
through a variety of challenges,
The award for 2009 went to the the ME Department.
not least during her time as NATO
command platform in 2008.
He is regarded as a character on
Third time round for offi cer
board, and an example for young
THE new Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands is on
stokers to look up to.
familiar territory.
Captain HM, Capt Bob Stewart,
Cdre Philip Thicknesse was a bridge watchkeeper in HMS Fearless
also highlighted the key role Paul
during the Falklands Conflict, and after hostilities ended he remained in
played in ensuring the davit for the
the islands as second-in-command of the prize Yehuin, an ex-Argentine
survey motor boat, unserviceable
rig support vessel known as the Black Pig in theatre.
for some time, was back in
In 1996 he returned to command Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel
operation for the resumption of
HMS Leeds Castle, and said his latest appointment to a place which has
survey duties.
“played a huge part in my naval career” is “the greatest privilege.”
Two legends meet up
ONE is a household name with a maritime background
and a place in the annals of Britain.
The other won the Battle of Trafalgar...
Showbiz legend Tommy Steele – he’s the one
on the right – visited the Royal Naval Museum in
Portsmouth during a break from appearing at the
Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.
And the singer widely acknowledged as Britain’s
first rock ’n’ roll star was particularly keen to see the
Nelson gallery, as it has been mentioned he bears an
uncanny resemblance to the admiral.
Graham Dobbin, Chief Operations Officer at the
museum, said: “It was a delight to welcome Tommy
Steele back to the museum and HMS Victory and to
show him the transformation since his last visit.
“He really enjoyed The Trafalgar Experience and
was extremely knowledgeable about the Navy of
Nelson’s day.”
Tommy (73), who served four years in the to have headlined most performances at the theatre
Merchant Navy from the age of 15, last visited the – a plaque was mounted at the Palladium to mark
Dockyard 30 years ago. the achievement.
The entertainer was starring in Bill Kenwright’s Steele’s career, from teen idol to veteran songster,
touring production of Scrooge, and it was his includes more than 20 hit singles, Hollywood
performances at the London Palladium in the same movies and award-winning musicals including Half
show which put him into the record books as the star a Sixpence.
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