What's new

17 Aug 16 - New Notice of Interest about a New Aged Veterans Counselling Service. This service offers free counselling to any UK veteran born before 1st January 1950. Log on to find out more.

17 Aug 16 - New blog regarding HMS President (The seagoing 1918 version) who's future is very much in doubt after twice being refused lottery funding. A petition is being raised to have this discussed in Parliament before the vessel has to be scrapped due to lack of funds and no berth to return to in the Port of London. A link to the petition can be found here.

17 Aug 16 - Information about a 'Breakfast Club' for Pompey ratings is now available in a Notice of Interest. Interestingly you can find if your location has a breakfast club for veterans. Just use your postcode on the home page. Log on for more information.

17 Aug 16 - New Notice of Interest updating the promotion for the Ex-matelots mini cruise Sep 17. Log on to find out more about this great opportunity for a few days back at sea in a ship full of matelots!

17 Aug 16 - August's Derbyshire Deeps magazine now available in the current affairs download page.

17 Aug 16 - New Notice of Interest. July's offers from Navy Books. Log on to access.

17 Aug 16 - RN Galaxy newsletter 15 of 2016 available in the current affairs downloads page regarding the roles of female personnel in the front line. Log on to access.

17 Aug 16 - New Notice of Interest about standards recommended for Health Care workers looking after veterans. If this affects you, there are printable leaflets for you to give to the Health Care people to ensure you are getting the best care. Log on for more information.

17 Aug 16 - New Notice of Interest regarding the re-location of the 'Yomper' statue currently in Eastley. Log on to find out how you can have a say where it goes.

17 Aug 16 - August 'Deals' from 'Just for Groups' available as a Notice of Interest. Log on for more information.

17 Aug 16 - After a small sabbatical to recharge my interest, I am back. Time to play catchup, so apologies if you have submitted articles or photos and not seen them so far.

09 Jul 16 - New Notice of Interest about 'NavyBooks' of Liskeard 'tie in' with RN and RM charity. Log on for more information.

08 Jul 16 - New Notice of Interest regarding a new help and advice service for Seafarers (current and retired) and their dependents. Log on to find out more.

08 Jul 16 - July edition of Derbyshire Deeps magazine now available for download. Log on to access.

08 Jul 16 - July edition of RNA Semaphore magazine now available for download. Log on to access.

08 Jul 16 - Latest offers from Defence Discount Service are available in the 'Notices of Interest' section

08 Jul 16 - New blog containing the 'Chillcott Enquiry Summary'. Log on to read.

08 Jul 16 - First update to the AGM for 2017 is now available to view in the 'Events' section. Log on to see.

08 Jul 16 - Spud Murphy has submitted three photos from 1966/67. You will find them in the 'Communicators' gallery.

17 Jun 16 - New Notice of Interest giving the latest Navy Books offers. Log on to see.

17 Jun 16 - New Notice of Interest giving the latest Defence Discount Service offers. Log on to cash in.

17 Jun 16 - New Notice of Interest regarding a petition complaining of "No confidence in the Government's Naval Strategy". If you agree, log on, follow the link and pledge your support.

17 Jun 16 - New blog submitted by Carl Beeson regarding the current state of affairs with the Type 45 Destroyers. Log on to access.

17 Jun 16 - New Notice of Interest. Update to the RN Veterans 'deployment' on HMS Marco Polo departing Liverpool 291900a Sep 17 bound for Dublin and Cork. Book now for as little as £199 per person. Log on for more information.

17 Jun 16 - Medway Armed Forces Day is on the 25th June. There are many perks for veterans including a hospitality area and free parking. Details are in a Notice of Interest. Log on for more information.

14 Jun 16 - Seven 'new' photographs added to the 'Help Needed' section. If you can identify the year or person or location please email me at [email protected].

2 Jun 16 - New 'Where are they now' request regarding ex RS John Connell. If you know him, log on for details .

2 Jun 16 - Latest Derbyshire Deeps and RNA Semaphore magazines available for download in the RNCA & RN current affairs downloads page.

2 Jun 16 - New Notice of Interest regarding a petition to the Government to change the way our RN pension increases are calculated. Log on for more information.

2 Jun 16 - The latest RNCA Communicator magazine is now available for download. All members subscribing to the bulk email programme should have received a copy. If any other members wish to be included in this convenient method of delivery please contact [email protected].

10 May 16 - ***IMPORTANT***. For those members wishing to participate in the Remembrance parade in Whitehall this year, please log in and go to the 'Events' section for application instructions. The deadline this year is 31 July. Don't delay.

10 May 16 - May's Defence Discount Service offers are now available as a Notice of Interest.

10 May 16 - Video clip of interest. Follow link to New Ship's Company of HMS Queen Elizabeth train in simulator.

10 May 16 - New 'Where are they now' article submitted by John E. Purple looking for classmates from HMS Ganges, 1958.

10 May 16 - New Notice of Interest for Havant's Jutland commemoration. Log on to access.

10 May 16 - May edition of RNA's Semaphore Circular now available for download.

10 May 16 - New Notice of Interest giving details of 'Just for Groups' Deal - Bridlington Sept 2016. Log on for more information.

10 May 16 - New Notice of Interest ref Musical Concert to commemorate Jutland at the Barbican Hall, London on 15 June. Log on for more information.

10 May 16 - May edition of Derbyshire Deeps available for download.

10 May 16 - New Notice of Interest regarding HMS Raleigh open day in July. Log on for more information.

19 Apr 16 - New photos added to 'RN Interest' gallery from Pete Fairchild

14 Apr 16 - New Notice of Interest ref Update on the Battle of Jutland commemoration 31 May 16.

14 Apr 16 - New photos added to Comms Afloat - Unofficial gallery.

06 Apr 16 - 2016 RNCA AGM minutes are now available to view in the Downloads:RNCA & RN current affairs page. Log on to access.

31 Mar 16 - The latest 'Derbyshire Deeps' magazine is now available for download.

30 Mar 16 - The first 20 photo's uploaded to either the 'Of Interest' gallery or the 'Naval Interest' gallery.

30 Mar 16 - Peter Fairchild has donated a large file full of photos that I will, over a period of time, be uploading to the relevant galleries. Some merit their own article, and the first of these is the Bridge Card for the Silver Jubilee in 1977. If anyone has mementos of the Review and wants them added to the page, then please contact me at [email protected].

30 Mar 16 - New article of Naval Interest; Silver Jubilee Review of 1977 Bridge Card. Log on to see.

24 Mar 16 - New Notice of Interest regarding Holiday facilities for ex military personnel in Lagos, Portugal. Nick Bird has stayed here and is mightily impressed. The article has been updated with current information and is worth checking out for your next holiday in Portugal. Log on for all the details.

22 Mar 16 - RNCA product prices have been revised for the first time in many years, to reflect new costs. Postage and packing is included on all product prices.

17 Mar 16 - First lot of photos from the AGM now published in the galleries. If you have any you wish to be displayed, then send them to me at [email protected]

16 Mar 16 - And the winner of the next venue for our AGM is......

City of Culture 2017, Hull

16 Mar 16 - Now completely recovered from the AGM weekend in Southport!

10 Mar 16 - The structure of Blogs has been upgraded to allow photographs to be embedded (visual within the blog) and not just as an attachment.

10 Mar 16 - Latest 'Holidays for Groups' offers in a new Notice of Interest.

09 Mar 16 - Three new articles from the Blind Veterans UK charity. No log on required, just click on the Blind Veterans UK tab above.

09 Mar 16 - Minutes of CONA meeting held in Jan now available for download form current affairs download page.

09 Mar 16 - New blog regarding the Royal British Legion's campaign for lump sum payments to be awarded to victims of mesothelioma.

09 Mar 16 - March edition of RN Shipmates - chat and reunions - now available as a Notice of Interest.

09 Mar 16 - New Notice of Interest giving latest offers from the Defence Discount Service.

09 Mar 16 - New Notice of Interest regarding the Battle of Jutland commemorations details. Log on to see.

09 Mar 16 - Latest offers from Maritime Books and the survey results are now available as two Notices of Interest. Log on to access.

09 Mar 16 - March edition of the RNA Semaphore magazine now available to download in the Downloads: RNCA & RN current affairs page. Log on to access.

09 Mar 16 - Regret to inform the passing of Ex CY Dave (Tommo) Thompson, lately of Nottingham RNR.

09 Mar 16 - New Notice of Interest regarding Holiday facilities for ex military personnel in Lagos, Portugal as tried out by Nick Bird.

09 Mar 16 - March edition of Derbyshire Deeps magazine now available to download from the Downloads: RNCA & RN current affairs page.

09 Mar 16 - New article added to 'Naval Interest' entitled Life onboard a warship in 2016.

09 Mar 16 - New page added within the member's area - Naval Interest. This will be populated with press releases and articles about the RN today (and possibly historic).

17 Feb 16 - A committee nomination form has been produced for use when existing Committee members are due for re-election. This is in the form of a Word document template link and is located in the 'Committee' page (when logged in, 3rd top tab from the left!). To use, download, open the file, complete the relevant sections and save. You than then email, or post the form to the Secretary to be received no later than 2 weeks prior to the AGM. As a reminder, the Nominee, Proposer and Seconder must attend the AGM for the voting to take place.

15 Feb 16 - A new Notice of Interest regarding a new, approved, non-profit making funeral service called Veterans Funerals UK. Log on for more information. Carl will answer any questions at the AGM.

09 Feb 16 - New Notice of Interest regarding a Philatelic military commemorative cover relating to the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Expedition 'Antarctic Endurance 2016'. Log on for more information. A new website link has been created to the BFPS dedicated page in the 'Links' page.

09 Feb 16 - From the Sec. “It has come to my notice that due to many web site amendments the Committee Member’s Nomination Form has dropped off the web site, in view of this, a simple piece of paper or an email sent to the Secretary will suffice for this year’s AGM only. The letter/email is to show the name of the Proposed, the Proposer and Seconder and a confirmation that the Proposed agrees to the nomination. Also the Proposed, Proposer and Seconder must be in attendance at the AGM”

 thanks

Carl

07 Feb 16 - New page added, entitled 'Downloads: Historical naval interest' within the member's area. Contains various squadron magazines, Naval Establishment histories and other non communicator subjects. More contributions are welcome, either as a PDF document, or hardcopy posted to me (or by hand if you are going to the AGM).

07 Feb 16 - Downloads page renamed 'Downloads: RNCA & RN current affairs'

4 Feb 16 - The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report for 2015 is now available for download. Log on to access.

4 Feb 16 - New Notice of Interest regarding a TV series following a class of recruits through Raleigh. Log on for more information.

01 Feb 16 - A new Defence Internal Brief '2016/04: New Senior Military Appointments' is now available to download/read from the downloads section. Log on to access.

31 Jan 16 - A History of the China Fleet Club (HK) originally printed in 1948 (and reprinted in 1952) has been scanned and uploaded to the downloads page. Log on to download and read a fascinating account of a Naval landmark.

27 Jan 16 - CONA and the RNA have come together to arrange a mini cruise for ex matelots in late September 2017 on the MV Marco Polo. Details of this and the application form are in a new Notice of Interest. Log on to view.

27 Jan 16 - Feb's edition of the RNA magazine Semaphore now available to view in the downloads section.

25 Jan 16 - 2003 Communicator Magazines now uploaded.

20 Jan 16 - Two new RN Galaxy newsletters available to download. Log on to access in the downloads section.

20 Jan 16 - The RNCA Communicator magazine now has it's own page (link in the member's area left hand menu). The downloads page is now much slimmer and so articles should be easier to find.

03 Jan 16 - New blog submitted by Carl regarding the poor treatment veterans who have lost limbs get from the NHS.

03 Jan 16 - Update on the National Defence Medal campaign available as a Notice of Interest.

03 Jan 16 - RN Galaxy newsletter about the future development of the Royal Navy fleet is available as a download. Log on to access.

06 Nov 15 - A digitally enhanced instructional film from 1953 about Replenishment at sea is now available to watch via youtube. Follow the link to view.

06 Nov 15 - Follow the link to see how HMS Queen Elizabeth compares with a Nimitz Class USN carrier.

05 Nov 15 - A reminder of photos taken in 2010 of HMS Mercury before it was demolished

05 Nov 15 - Follow the links for photographs taken in 2013 of HMS Ganges

20 Oct 15 - A large library of original 'Communicator' magazines from 1952 to 1974 has been made available to us courtesy of Joe Kirk, the webmaster of the Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society. The link is here and also copied in the 'links' page.

21 Aug 15 - The following links will take you to video's documenting the building of the RN's newest builds, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales - Queen Elizabeth Class and HMS Queen Elizabeth amazing facts

18 Mar 15 - The minutes of the 21st RNCA AGM held in Torquay are now available to download/view. Log on to access.

09 Mar 15 - We now hold the copyright to a video of the history of HMS Mercury produced c1993. It is fascinating viewing and certainly brings back some memories. To view, log on, go to Comms History and then scroll down to the 'HISTORY OF HMS MERCURY' article.

17 Jul 14 - The history of HMS Mercury written by the late Chris Rickard and published on the RNCCA Website in March 2006 is now available in the Comms History section. This is a comprehensive and informative document written by a true and loyal bunting. Our thanks go to George Foster and the committee at the RNCCA. The RNCA acknowledges and thanks the RNCCA for their permission to publish this important piece.