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RFA WAVE RULER
News...

Your RNA card will get you a £10 ticket for the RN/RM museum sites in Portsmouth and Gosport, and £10 each for up to four family members.

RN/RM MUSEUM ENTRANCE
OUR OTHER SHIPS AND MEN
Cpl Jack Lithgow continues as a prize winning instructor at Lympstone.

Alex Meyer is programming frigates etc world wide at Northwood, very difficult task.


Don Pike is still looking for Mariner's Tales, amusing and interesting events please!

MARINER'S TALES
We are still looking for a raffle organiser who can hopefully attend most lunches.

Anyone who is interested, please give Ken Napier a call!
RAFFLE ORGANISER
Merlin HM2 conducts stretcher winching training to RFA Wave Ruler's flight deck.
BNS Louise-Marie passes a tow line to RFA Wave Ruler's forecastle during a TOWEX
RFA Wave Ruler alongside at Portland Harbour.
Our ship, WAVE RULER, continues as school ship for Flag Officer Sea Training. This involves lots of refuelling and being towed amongst other roles, for the RN and other Navies.

UPDATE FROM CDR. DARREN HOUSTON
We are now in the midst of summer leave (taken early due to the imminent deployment to the US) and will return to work on 6 Aug.

Thereafter we embark approx 600 extra personnel including Aircrew, Role 2 medical staff, Royal Marines and trials personnel for the deployment across the pond to the east coast of the US.

This period is all about embarking and integrating the F35 jets as part of the first of class fixed wing trials. We will be away for 4 months and return just before Christmas.

During the period we are scheduled to call at Norfolk, Virginia and New York which should provide opportunities to conduct some defence diplomacy and down time for the ship's company.


The RNA centrally have advised that the Data Protection Act applies to our address list, full instructions will be passed shortly, in the meantime do not pass our address list to anyone who isn't a member of our Branch.

DATA PROTECTION ACT
Captain Keri Harris, the Naval Attaché Paris, has accepted our invitation to speak at our Trafalgar Lunch, on Wednesday 17 October.

TRAFALGAR LUNCH SPEAKER
Please be aware that from 1 July, ALL roads with no central reservation (outside towns and villages with the usual names of villages) will be limited to 80 kph. This is the idea of the French Prime Minister, to save lives. I think it's a diversion from M Macron's ideas. Around 80% of all French are against the reduction, more in the country.. However the Gendarmerie will be out to make money!

NEW SPEED LIMIT
We had an excellent lunch organised by the Henry's, well to the north which allowed the Whiteheads to attend, for the first time in years and our local Belgian shipmate.

Rather far for some of the others! Thanks to Brian Johnson for his menus, Sue for selling raffle tickets and to those who donated wine.

RNA AUGUST LUNCH
SSAFA's sponsored walk is on Friday 14th Sep at Castillones, details to be published by SSAFA, but Don Pike is walking and would welcome sponsorship.(06 32 73 55 12).

SSAFA WALK
Sue and Ken now have their Cartes de Sejour.

If anyone needs advice, they're happy to help, but be aware that each Department does its own thing, so Lot-et-Garonne's requirements are slightly different from other Departments
CARTE DE SEJOUR