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RFA WAVE RULER
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!
We are still looking for a raffle organiser who can hopefully attend most lunches.
Anyone who is interested, please give Ken Napier a call!
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
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
From the 12th OCtober 2018, European names for fuel are changing, be careful what you put in your car.
This change affects all 28 European Union member states, EEA countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway), and also
Macedonia, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey.
Under the EU’s new Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive 2018, instead of “Unleaded” and “Diesel”, pumps will be
labelled with standardised letters and numbers, corresponding to the type of fuel, and the amount of biofuel it contains.
For example, “Unleaded 95” and “Unleaded 98” will both be replaced by the letter “E” surrounded by a circular border,
followed by a “5” for 5% biofuel, and “10” for 10%. New and current labels will initially be displayed alongside each other
at petrol pumps.
FUEL NAMES TO CHANGE
We had a most successful lunch Chez Edith, and welcomed several Shipmates who haven't been able to attend for a while.
We also welcomed the General Secretary of the RNA, Bill Oliphant, who owns a holiday home just north of Bergerac. He
enjoyed meeting the shipmates, male and female.