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NAVY NEWS, APRIL 2010

Admiral is proud of drive to diversity

l Albert McKenzie VC

Statue to honour London war hero

A FUND is to be launched this month to pay for a statue in honour of an heroic London sailor. The group behind the appeal, led by fund chairman Paul Keefe, want to see an appropriate monument to Albert McKenzie, who was seriously wounded in the Zeebrugge Raid of 1918 while manning a machine gun on the Mole under heavy enemy fire. Albert, who sailed on the raid in the cruiser HMS Vindictive, was awarded the Victoria Cross and was recovering well from his injuries when he was struck down by Spanish flu. Still weak from his injuries and blood poisoning, Albert – the first London sailor to win the VC – died a week before the Armistice. Paul Keefe said:

Albert McKenzie VC Fund has announced that the launch date for their appeal will be on April 23 – St George’s Day, the same date on which the Zeebrugge raid took place in 1918.

statue in Bermondsey and planning permission is being sought.” Paul added: “A lot of hard work has been done to get this far, but the real hard work is about to begin.

clear in April at our launch and the people of Southwark and Bermondsey will see what we have planned, like

support behind it.” “Hopefully all will become it, and put their “It has been decided to place a “The

THE Royal Navy’s top personnel officer has spoken of his pride at the steps taken by the Service to strengthen the ethos of equality and diversity.

Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral

Sir Alan Massey spoke of the Navy’s progress during a keynote speech at the Stonewall annual workplace conference in London. Stonewall is a lobbying group which campaigns to ensure the rights and needs of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals are addressed in the wider community. This was the seventh such conference, and this year’s theme was Moving Beyond Policy. During his speech to the 450-strong audience, the Admiral acknowledged the tremendous demands made on military personnel today call for some quite extraordinary qualities and skills. In order to deliver this, he said,

the Navy needs to ensure that its people get the tools to allow them to be their best, to be themselves and to ensure that they feel fully supported by the organisation to which they have made a personal commitment not asked of those in most walks of life.

There must be the full trust and respect between colleagues to ensure that people operate effectively in often difficult and dangerous circumstances. In an honest reflection of the

progress that has been made since the change in legalisation in 2000, the Admiral accepted that “changing behaviours takes time; changing attitudes and culture takes longer. “It is very easy to make progress from a standing start, but what I am particularly proud of is that we have continued this progress and I feel we are gaining pace.” The Naval Service has continued

to develop its strong relationship with Stonewall, from being the first of the military to join the Diversity Champions programme in 2005. The Admiral said one of the areas

which has been improved greatly is that the Naval Service now has an active LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Forum and support network (contact nslgbt@

tiscali.co.uk).

Talking of London Pride, he said

that he continues “to be heartened by the fact that such a significant number of Naval Service LGBT personnel are so keen to march in uniform in the main parade and share in the celebration. “Firstly, because they wish to demonstrate that they are proud to be wearing their uniform as members of their Armed Service, but secondly because they are keen to give a strong personal signal that the Naval Service is an inclusive employer of choice that welcomes and actively champions diversity in its workforce.” He also told the audience

that “the Equality and Diversity Team has been increased in the Navy Command HQ to improve development and implementation of any matters in relation to gender, gender reassignment, race and ethnicity and religion or belief but also sexual orientation. “This team is charged with challenging the Navy from within and performs an essential role.” 2SL concluded by saying

that he felt “that as long as all Service personnel are given the tools, the best way to turn policies into practice is through strong leadership at all levels – leaders who have and understand straightforward professional and moral responsibilities. “All leaders and managers, at

all levels, must promote positive attitudes and behaviours and take action when they encounter those whose attitude and behaviours are inappropriate. “The Naval Service is a top-class

employer, looking for top-class people, and embraces diversity and equality in the workplace. “I am proud of our commitment to inclusiveness and I personally will continue to champion it.”

PAINTINGS and treasures from Britain’s national maritime collections will go on show this summer when the Historic Dockyard at Chatham opens a major museum and cultural venue.

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Jervis Bay plea over exhibition...

The Trust wants to find anyone who has a connection to the ship, which was sacrificed to save others. A large scale model of the ship will feature in the new No 1 Smithery museum in the historic

dockyard (see below left), and her

story, from passenger liner to heroic warship, will be told in sound and video. In November 1940 the

converted liner took the full force of a German attack to save the supply convoy she was escorting from Canada to the UK. Her crew and CO, Capt Edward

CHATHAM Historic Dockyard is seeking surviving crew members and relatives of those who served in the fabled World War 2 Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Jervis Bay.

Fogarty Fegen, knew the lightly- armed Jervis Bay was no match for the German heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer, but it bravely drew the German ship’s fire, allowing all but five merchantmen of the 37-strong convoy to escape. The Jervis Bay was pounded and sunk, killing almost 200 men including her captain, although more than 60 survived and were picked up by a neutral ship. Capt Fegen was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for “challenging hopeless odds and giving his life to save those it was his duty to protect.” Email your contact details, and

a brief summary of your story, to

jervisbay@chdt.org.uk

... and also for Alliance

MEMORIES of Britain’s only surviving wartime-era submarine are being sought as part of a £5m revamp for HMS Alliance. After nearly three decades out of the water on display to the public, the boat is lined up for a major overhaul to prevent further erosion and corrosion caused by the elements (and pigeons who’ve taken to nesting in Alliance’s nooks and crannies). As part of that revamp for the

l Vice Admiral Massey addresses the Stonewall conference

Chatham museum opens soon

include rare ship models, works of art and other items of interest selected from more than 4,000 pieces held in storage. Visitors will be able to see the

No 1 Smithery is a £13m project undertaken by the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, the Imperial War Museum and Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.

Exhibits to be displayed in the new facility’s permanent galleries

Must-see presentation

l From left: Cpl Zara Jones (RAF St Athan), Lord Mayor of Cardiff Cllr Brian Griffiths, Coy Sgt Maj Carl Taylor (3 Coy Welsh Guards) and RN veteran Tony Morgan launch Armed Forces Day 2010 in Cardiff

Picture: (PO)Phot) Mez Merrill

Forces Day is launched

ARMED Forces Day 2010 has been launched in Cardiff with a homecoming parade by a battle- hardened local regiment. Around 250 soldiers from the 1st Bttn Welsh Guards, who saw some of the fiercest fighting in Afghanistan last summer, helped launch the event; the national celebration will take place in the Welsh capital on Saturday June 26, while regional events will be held around the country close to that date. Armed Forces Day is an

opportunity for the nation to show its support for the men and women who make up the Armed

Forces community, including

Service families, cadets, veterans and recruits. Lord Mayor of Cardiff Brian Griffiths said:

Cllr “Armed

Forces Day 2010 promises to be a day to remember in Cardiff. “The event will be a chance for us to show our support to the brave Servicemen and women, with past, present and future being honoured.

“Those who have lost their

lives in conflict will also be remembered.” For more details see the

dedicated website www.

armedforcesday.org.uk

THE Imperial War Museum North is putting on an exhibition which may prove to be difficult to see. Not because it is out-of-the-way (the museum, on Trafford Wharf Road in Manchester, is eminently reachable) or that there are queues morning, noon and night (though the award-winning free museum is very popular). It’s because the small interactive exhibition looks at camouflage since it was first used nearly 100 years ago.

Dazzle-painted battleships, a

pink jeep and patterned fabrics all feature, with hands-on exhibits adding to the mix. Everything from concealment, the most common form of camouflage,

to disguise and

deception are all explained, as well as how these techniques have been adapted from the natural world. Camouflage runs

until

September 12, and the museum – served by the Harbour City Metrolink stop – is open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm. Details at www.iwm.org.uk

intricate 18th century model of Admiral Balchen’s flagship HMS Victory, a ship lost at sea in one of history’s most spectacular shipwrecks, and a superb scale model of the Eddystone Lighthouse of 1759 – the world’s first offshore lighthouse whose designer, John Smeaton, is hailed as the father of civil engineering.

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in July.

Intricate bone carvings made by Napoleonic prisoners of war, and ‘the King’s Dockyard’, a model of Chatham Dockyard made by two Sheerness craftsmen in the 1740s, will also feature. This Maritime Treasures collection sits at the heart of the new development in the restored 19th century smithery, which once housed huge steam hammers, forges and anchor pits for the Royal Dockyard. No 1 Smithery is due to open

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boat, there will be innovative ways of telling the Alliance story using video and sound testimonies of former crew to convey life aboard to the 50,000-plus visitors she receives annually. Museum staff want to record the testimonies of former crew – officers or ratings – and they’re interested not just in operational missions, but also everyday life, food, sleep, downtime, and how families coped with their loved ones being away on patrols. Details about the

‘Alliance

personal testimony project’ are available from archivist George Malcolmson (023 9251 0354 x226) or photographic curator Debbie Corner (x234) or by emailing

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