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Recruiter saluted over new software

A RECRUITER has been commended for developing new software which has been adopted as standard by the RN and RAF. WO Norman Prior received the recognition from Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland Rear Admiral Martin Alabaster at a ceremony in Liverpool. WO Prior, who joined the

Navy in 1971, became a Naval recruiter in 2001 and has been Area Regional Manager for the past two years.

His commendation refers to his


“personal sacrifice, enthusiasm,

commitment and exceptional team effort” in developing the software. Norman’s work helped deliver a training and financial management information system that has been adopted as standard operating procedure by the RN and RAF. On receiving his commendation,

Norman said: “I was thrilled to receive my commendation from Rear Admiral Alabaster and would like to thank the rest of the team who assisted me in delivering this software.”

Nobby is tops

FORMER Navy stalwart Nobby Hall has been voted Person of the Year in a three-way tie for an award sponsored by the Turks and

Caicos Weekly News.


hailed as “a fierce

guardian of the country’s borders”, is Assistant Commissioner in the tiny Caribbean British Overseas Territory, which has a population of less than 40,000.

A ROYAL Marines Reservist has made his mark in the annals of Ireland after being invited to become an instructor at the Defence Forces’ United Nations Training Centre. The centre’s Commanding

Officer, Brig Gen Conor O’Boyle, believes that Lt Col Mark McKinney, from Portrush, is the first British Armed Forces officer to instruct at the Curragh Camp since 1922, when it was handed over by the British Army to the

Kate goes back to Raleigh

MILITARY Cross holder MA Kate Nesbitt has unveiled a framed citation detailing her bravery in Afghanistan to help the Navy’s newest recruits. The medical assistant, who completed her basic training at HMS Raleigh in 2006, was awarded her medal for outstanding bravery when she saved a soldier’s life under fire. In doing so she became the

first RN Servicewoman, and only the second woman in history, to receive the award. Kate was invited back to Raleigh to see the citation, located within one of the new entry training blocks. She also gave a presentation on her experiences in Afghanistan to an audience of 600 recruits, and took part in a charity triathlon to raise cash for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. “I haven’t been back to HMS Raleigh since I completed my training and it’s good to see all the trainees,” said Kate. “I remember thinking

everything was really important when I was here. “Looking back to my time in Afghanistan, I was just following my training. “I know everyone else would

Jane stretchered off

THE CO of HMS Wildfire was stretchered off during her final night at the reserve unit. But there was no medical emergency – it was just Cdr Jane Beattie’s colleagues at Northwood giving the accident and emergency nurse an appropriate send-off. Having handed over the reins to Cdr Ant Chapman, Cdr Beattie was piped to attend to an emergency, and found herself

bandaged and on a stretcher with a ‘drip’ of Nelson’s blood. Cdr Beattie, also an occupational health and safety consultant, leaves HMS Wildfire to head up the RNR’s Nursing branch. Her departure to a waiting car

was expedited by a group of junior ranks who had ‘scrubbed up’ to assist PONN Anna Hayes and PO John Morgan, who orchestrated the event.

All change at Nelson as branch line shuts

THE train now departing HMS Nelson leaves cleaners

breathing a sigh of relief…

It’s “All change!” in cabin EA24 as Lt Rolf Williams, who has completed a 15-month engagement at Navy Command HQ, moves out with the results of his hobby. That’s three Inter-City and one goods train, plus their station, and an entire Alpine village with 350 pine trees and several feet of snow.

The N-gauge model train set has been a labour of love for Rolf, who has scratch-built the fictitious village of Michelsdorf in his cabin.

The 4ft by 6ft base board, which sits on the bed, dismantles into three sections that conveniently stack as a sideboard and are designed to fit onto the backseat of a car – or so Rolf hopes! The scene is that of an Alpine German village inspired by Rolf’s

Historic post for reservist

Irish Free State.

“I am immensely proud, and humbled that a reservist was offered such a positive ground- breaking opportunity,” said Mark. “I am personally delighted

that we have strengthened our already good relationship with the Defence Forces and I am looking forward to a regular exchange of students and instructors on all our courses, which will continue to foster good relations with our NATO and EU allies.”

childhood trips to Munich, where he sketched the trains during the mid-1970s and looked with envy at the model layouts displayed at Deutsche Bundesbahn mainline stations.

by German firm Fleischmann, but the scenic materials were all bought from Gaugemaster, which claims to be the largest model railway outlet in the South – and which proved a terrible temptation to the reservist. “The proximity of their shop

called ‘The Engine Shed’ in Ford near Arundel presented an irresistible opportunity,” said Rolf, a media operations specialist. “I am indebted to the wardroom

The rolling-stock was made

cleaners, who have been vacuuming up small heaps of sawdust, snow, and fake pine needles for months without complaint. “I can only think that the

novelty of seeing beer gardens, hotels and mountains emerge on my desk and migrate to the village was sufficiently intriguing.” Rolf’s mother was born in Munich, and his grandfather was responsible for the German rail network during World War 2. The model is a work in two-thirds complete,


and is ultimately designed to look its best at night, when the whole village and trains will light up.

● Inter-City trains amidst the snowy Alpine scenery of Michelsdorf village – all in Lt Rolf Williams’ cabin in HMS Nelson

Bound for Brunei

BASE Warrant Officer Steve Rule has handed his stick to his successor and swapped the South Coast for the Far East. On his time at HMS Collingwood,

that is tempered by the fact that I am being posted to Brunei in an equally-challenging role.” His place at the Fareham training establishment has been taken up by WO Mark Hannibal.

WO Rule said: “I have enjoyed a thoroughly rewarding job for the past two years in a vibrant atmosphere with people who have a ‘can do’ attitude. “Sad to be leaving, however

● Surg Vice Admiral Philip Raffaelli

New man leads medics

SURGEON Vice Admiral Philip Raffaelli has taken charge of the Defence Medical Services in succession to Lt Gen Louis Lillywhite.

A Scot who graduated from

Edinburgh University in 1979 via the Royal Navy’s Medical Cadetship scheme,


Raffaelli joined the Submarine Service and spent much of his early career in nuclear submarines. He then held a number of shore appointments including a period in PJHQ and the post of Medical Officer in Charge of the Institute of Naval Medicine in Alverstoke. In a letter to all those in the Defence Medical Services, Admiral Raffaelli said:

“I am

honoured to have been selected as your Surgeon General.”

Flying visit

A SEARCH and rescue Sea

King from HMS Gannet made a short flight to visit Tarbolton Primary School – pilot Lt Graham Humphries reckons the aircraft was aloft for less than two minutes.

Around 100 pupils and members of staff saw the helicopter during the two-hour visit.

Deep appreciation

FOUR submariners with long careers in nuclear deterrent patrols have been presented with commendations for their personal contributions. Lt Cdr Colin Torney, Lt Titch

Evans, WO Mo Morrison and WO Mo Maloney work for Captain Faslane Flotilla (CAPFASFLOT)’s Marine Engineering Department, and between them have amassed

75 deterrent patrols on both Resolution and Vanguard-class boats. That amounts to a combined career total of 90 years. CAPFASFLOT Capt Andy McKendrick presented the commendations to the four men on behalf of Chief Strategic Systems Executive Rear Admiral Steve Lloyd.

Al makes it a treble

CPO ALAN Wakefield has just completed the treble by completing Submarine Coxswain Qualifying Course.

Harris and CPO Stuart Hawkins in the select branch,

By doing so he joined WO Mark which

numbers just 40. And that fact is notable because all three senior rates joined the Royal Navy on the same day – October 14 1985.

Al joined as a Junior Seaman

and went on to complete his Submarine Part Three in HMS Trafalgar before joining HMS Triumph in build and staying with her for four years. He completed several patrols in

● Medical staff from HMS Sultan in Downing Street

Landmark tourists

have done the same. I was just in the right place at the right time.”

MEMBERS of HMS Sultan’s medical staff spent a day looking around London landmarks. The visit included stops at the Houses of Parliament – with a chance to see the Clock Tower which houses Big Ben – and a stroll up Downing Street. There was just time to buttonhole a passing politician or

two to ask questions and relate their experiences in Afghanistan before the tourists were off again, this time to the MPs’ recreation area back in Parliament, where they enjoyed a drink while spotting famous faces passing through. The touring team consisted of MAs Sargent, Johnson, Nicholl, Smith and LMA Hackshaw.

HMS Vanguard but completed his Coxswain makey-learny on HMS Victorious, and on completion will return as, er, the Coxswain. WO ‘Taff’ Harris joined as a

Weapons Engineering Mechanic, and after training he joined Polaris submarine HMS Renown. He stayed on deterrent

submarines Victorious and Vengeance until transferring to Coxn(SM) in 2003.

After another stint on a bomber and some time in FOST, he was promoted; after being WO of the

● From left: CPO Alan Wakefi eld, WO Mark Harris and CPO Stuart Hawkins

RN Submarine School he joined HMS Vigilant in January. CPO ‘Jack’ Hawkins joined as a

Steward and after training joined HMS Illustrious. After two years Jack was selected

for Royal service and joined the Royal Yacht. He transferred to submarines in 1991, and has served in four different classes of boat. He is currently the Submarine Junior Rates Career Manager

Supervisor in Devonport. Submarine Coxswains

enjoy challenging and diverse employment afloat and ashore. Coxn(SM) is a sideways entry branch open to submariners with at least two years service as PO and a CO’s recommendation. Anyone interested in transferring should contact WO COXN(SM) Andy Jeffery (CWOSM) on 93832 8708, email: FLEET-DNPS PPOL

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