Royal Naval Association - Aquitaine Branch
RNA HQ advise us that if we want to open the monthly RNA "The Semaphore Circular" click on:
http://www.royal-naval-association.co.uk/members/downloads/


The RNAHQ monthly newsletter is now published on the internet, and is always worth a quick look.

http://www.royal-naval-association.co.uk/
RNA HQ
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 affiliated ship, RFA WAVE RULER, is languishing in Birkenhead.

UPDATE FROM CDR. DARREN HOUSTON (NOVEMBER 2018)
Life has been rather hectic onboard as we focussed on the first of class fixed wing trials for the F35 jet. Our period on the US eastern seaboard has been most productive and we have called in at a variety of ports: Mayport, Florida, Norfolk, VA and New York. Norfolk has been our base for onloading and offloading the various flight trials equipment and the ship's company has enjoyed the opportunity to visit Virginia Beach and the surrounding area. The highlight visit was of course New York where we were at anchor for 6 days just yards from Nelson's anchorage. It was here that we held a Trafalgar Night dinner and other defence engagement activity.

The actual trials have gone very well and have exceeded expectations. Over 200 landings and launches has enabled the team to develop the operating window for the deck and class. We are now alongside for our last visit (Norfolk) before heading home to Portsmouth in time for Christmas. I am handing over by the time we arrive in Portsmouth, having now done just shy of 3 years as The Commander. I think I am ready for a break and it will be good to get a fresh pair of eyes into the job!
My next assignment is on promotion to Captain and moving across to be Captain Surface Ships for the Portsmouth Flotilla. This will entail responsibility for the generation of QEC, T45 and T23 units based in Portsmouth. Lots of seariding and reports!

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
We had an excellent lunch at the Ancienne Gare, thanks to all who donated wines, to Brian for his excellent menus, to Dave Pegg for taking the lunch money for the last time, to our rum bosun Ken for the rum, to Sue for her mince pies and to Julie for successfully selling raffle tickets.

We gave fizz to Dave Pegg for services well rendered and to Davina Glass for stays in hospital and BZs (Well Dones) to Dave Pegg, Brian Johnson, Mike Holland, Sue Napier, and to be passed on, to the Rolfes.
RNA CHRISTMAS LUNCH
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
RNA Christmas cards and diaries:

Cards £5 for 10

RNA diary inserts £5, full diaries £8.

Payment equivalent in euros, orders for cards asap for delivery at the Nov lunch or by post.

Orders after 14 Nov will be too late unless you go yourself direct to RNA HQ, Semaphore Tower Portsmouth.

RNA CHRISTMAS CARDS
CAUTION !!

From the 12th OCtober 2018, European names for fuel are changing, be careful what you put in your car.

FUEL NAMES TO CHANGE