Navy Wings was launched by the FNHT (Fly Navy Heritage Trust)at Yeovilton Air Day, with the assistance of the author Frederick Forsyth.Navy Wings is an exciting development, which brings together the aircraft of the RNHF (Royal Naval Historic Flight) with civilian owned historic naval aircraft, ranging from biplanes to helicopters and the iconic Sea Vixen.
A brand new website www.navywings.org.uk has been launched, and all are requested to add a link to this on their own web pages or a like on Facebook, mention on Twitter etc would help. The FNHT website now only redirects to the Navy Wings site.
Good support for Navy Wings is essential for keeping the histori flight aircraft airborne as MOD funding reduces. Please encourage everyone to look at the site and to sign up as supporters if they are not already.
I recently met with representatives of the Photographers and Safety Equipment branches to discuss the idea of combined reunions.
As you are aware we, the Phots and the SE’s represent small branches of the Royal Navy that made up a significant part of the Fleet Air Arm. As such we will get smaller
over time so it will becomes more difficult and eventually unviable to organise reunions.
This is what we have agreed so far:
Firstly any agreement to hold joint reunions must be approved by the membership either by email or at an AGM.
As the three Associations reunions follow similar patterns:-
Friday to Sunday/Monday with informal events on the Friday, main events on the Saturday and optional visits on the Sunday.
It was thought that the best way would be to take it in turns to organise a reunion with applications to take part going directly to the association concerned.
If it goes ahead it was agreed that the SE’s would organise 2020, Phots 2021 and the Met’s 2022.
It was also agreed that the reunions should be held in the South of England as experience had shown that anywhere else meant poor attendance.
The first event cannot take place until 2020 due to commitments that have already been made but it does give us time to explore the idea.
I am looking for feedback, are you in favour?
Should one of the associations not want to proceed, would you be interested in a combined reunion with one other Association?
Any other comments?
Please get in touch via the contact us or visitors book pages of the website.
I will report again once all feedback has been received.
Arthur (Charlie) Charles
Remembrance Sunday 2016
Cenotaph Ceremony and March Past 2016
The RBL(Royal British Legion) have changed the way in which they allocate tickets to associations for this event.
Please also note that all tickets will be named and are non-transferable. Photographic ID and proof of address will need to be shown on the day. In the meantime, if you intend to attend this year then please contact the Secretary with details of your date of birth, place of birth, service number and your selected category from the following:
Category 1 – Ex-Service Personnel holding a campaign medal
Category 2 – Civilians deployed on operations in support of the Military (includes Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Civil Servants)
Category 3 – Ex-Service Personnel with no campaign medal
Category 4 – Bereaved Spouses (who died on operations)
Category 5 – Veteran association representatives
Category 6 – Military Charities and associated Civilian groups
Wrens Reunion May 2016 Helston
The picture shows two thirds of the June 1976 Wrens met course.They signed on at Dauntless on 11th May 1976 prior to joining the school.
L to R Caroline Bennett(nee Roberts) Denise Gleeson (nee Bucknall) Pamela Jamieson (nee Betts)Alison Wilde (nee Rowe)
A most enjoyable time with non stop remembrances of their time in the WRNS. They were also joined by Sheila Ashby and Caroline Reps(nee Hill)so a superb time with very special company
HMS Curlew St Merryn 1950’s
Does anyone remember a Wren Molly Atkin in the Met office1953 to April 1954? We were originally told that Molly served at Culdrose but her service records show as St Merryn.
Her Grandson is researching family history so would welcome any memories that you may have. If you know anything about Molly or even the workings of St Merryn (HMS Vulture 1940-1953) in the 1950’s then please contact the webmaster.
Ratings Courses Revisited
Yet another Eagle Eyed member spotted a name error in Ratings Course photographs. Two instances were found and now rectified. No prizes on offer but can you spot the two changes? Those of you with a previous copy of the download have a distinct advantage!
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Yes folks Steve Howard is off on his travels again. As part of his preparation he has rebuilt his Travel Blog. For those of you who are not up to speed with Blogs, why should you be? A Blog is a techy term for a website that has pages as paragraphs but also contains pictures, links and videos. In other words its an electronic book or story thats been americanised!
Anyway just click on the banner above to visit Steve’s Blog (website) where you can read about his trips to the US of A and Turkey. There are lots of photographs and videos taken by Steve and Rosina to keep you entertained and informed.
You will also be able to follow the intrepid pair on their current travels.
The Old(ish) ad the New
Here’s a wonderfully atmospheric look at HMS Glamorgan, as seen through the eyes of the (colour) Pathe news camera back in 1967.
Marvel at the computer technology… and the ‘space age’ soundtrack…not forgetting the Tot!
The latest catalogue from Navy Books contains a good selection of FAA/Aircraft Carrier books, some at bargain prices. HMS Hermes 1923 & 1959 a snip at £7.99, the younger brigade will be tempted by Harrier Carriers: HMS Invincible at a mere £4.99 and for the older reader there is The Colossus Class Aircraft Carriers 1944 -1972 only £7.99.
Their website can be found at http://www.navybooks.com/
Halfar and Kete memories
Brian Collins was a Killick Met in 1958, he was drafted to Halfar 1958-1960. Brian tells us that G A Bell, Bryn Telfer, John Randel, Pete Rossington, Dereck Marshall were some of the ratings that were also there during that time. The American base was down the road going towards Birzebuggia and they used to get all their flight briefings from us.
Brian trained at Kete in 1956. Pete Rossington was the kellick there at that time. The male ratings were outnumbered by Wrns, something like 2 to 1. You didn’t have to wear your hat unless there was a reason to do so Divisions on a Friday was to the accompaniment of a record playing. The roofs of buildings were held down by ropes tied to metal spikes either side of the building.
On completion Brian joined the cruiser HMS Superb at Chatham, that went to the East Indies and was involved in the Suez Crisis The MET officer on board was LT Cdr Adams. Brian returned to Kete again at the end of 1957, that was when they were wanting ratings to change from other branches to MET.
All this history came about because the Halfar page contained errors which just goes to show how important it is to record facts before they are lost. If you have an anecdote about the branch then please get in touch. We do not guarantee it will be published, indeed some of the best material is from someone called anon. When we ask questions about the Met Branch the usual reply is…We were going to ask you!
Do names make us think storms are worse?
An excellent article by the BBC covers the subject of the Met Office experiment with naming storms. To view the article click HERE
We would be interested to hear your views and publish any that educate and amuse the viewers of this website. To start the ball rolling I take the view that there is a danger here, any depression that comes along will eventually get named so marine types will ASSUME that here comes another force 10 (i.e. Storm on the Beaufort Scale). What they might get is nothing to Gale 8 so the named Storm eventually receives no urgency. Then along comes the remains of Typhoon Fred, who we will call Samantha, and we all get blown away.
Climate change: 2015 ‘shattered’ global temperature record by wide margin
Thus shouted the headlines from the BBC
“The Met Office figures show that 2015 was 0.75C warmer than the long-term average between 1961-1990.
US data suggests that 2015 “shattered” the temperature record by the widest margin ever recorded.
Experts say the record temperatures were due to a combination of El Niño and human-induced warming.”
The full article is available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35354579
This website is no place for Climate change debate but I, along with others do treat such headlines with interest and scepticism in equal amounts.
Let us hope that unsullied data supports the arguments. I am ever mindful that the Met Office also proclaimed December 2015 as the wettest December on record 230mm of rain 9in.
The Met Office own data actually shows that December 2015 was the 20th wettest since 1766 as reported in the Sunday Telegraph of 10th January 2016. No consolation to those poor folk affected by flooding.
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A Christmas Chart
Here is a blast from the past in more ways than one. Members who worked East of Suez, afloat or in COMFEF will be reminded of times past by this one. Here we have a Double sided Met Chart, B148 India to New Guinea. The chart is blank on one side but plotted and drawn up on the other.
The chart is valid for 0001Z (0730 Local time) on 24th December 1964. It was plotted on board HMS Victorious when alongside the Singapore Naval Base for the Captains briefing. The neat plotting was probably the work of Tim Preston, the Christmas artwork by yours truly. By the spread of the synops it looks like a COMFEF Fleet Broadcast was used.
My local BBC regional news often includes a weather picture taken by a local as part of the weather forecast or the news if a weather related item is included. It now seems that the BBC has taken this a step further, not only does it want your seasonal pictures but also up to 10 weather reports from you as well. No training required, no instruments just you, a camera and a mk1 eyeball is all that is necessary however, if you do happen to have an instrument or two then your report card, you are allowed up to 10 per day, can be adjusted to include additional data. The reports may be used by the BBC and the resulting picture looks like the output of some dodgy app on a mobile phone.
Here is the chart for the last three days, anyone fancy drawing it up or summarising? Perhaps this is how the money will be saved when they kick the Met Office into touch!
South Asia monsoon: Analysing fresh water could be key to forecast
The Indian Ocean contains a distinctive layer of fresh water from rain and rivers which may influence the South Asian monsoon, scientists have said.
They are urging meteorologists to include the less saline water in their weather forecasting models.
For the full article go to:
Anyone got a spare Bathy in the loft?
FAA Watch Offer
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