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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 affiliated ship, RFA WAVE RULER, is languishing in Birkenhead.

UPDATE FROM CDR. DARREN HOUSTON (SEPTEMBER 2019)
PRINCE OF WALES will hopefully sail next week. She has her ship's company eating and sleeping onboard. There is still much to do to make her ready for sea, suitable completion of the material state, training and endorsements of the ship's company, storing for sea trials and ensuring the paperwork is in order. FOST and other assurance agencies are onboard to make sure the ship's builder has completed the ship sufficiently to make her safe to sail. We now have to satisfy the Defence Maritime Regulator and ensure any dangers or hazards are minimised.

The sailing windows are now getting fewer and shorter as the autumn approaches. We are actively targeting next week to take advantage of one of the tidal windows. Still too early to make a decision on the weather as the wind needs to be less than 12 knots. The ship has only 7.5 inches clearance on either side of the lock out of the basin, and the tide has to be right to pass under the Forth Railway Bridge.

We have wished Darren and his ship's company well.


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
CAUTION !!

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 celebrated our 20th anniversary on 11 September.

Thanks: to Dave Pegg for the arrangements at Chateau Les Merles, to Brian Johnston for his excellent 20 year Celebration menus, to Ray Pemble for taking lunch money, to Di Pemble for selling raffle tickets - and to those who donated bottles, and to Sue for baking our birthday cake.
SEPTEMBER 20th ANNIVERSARY LUNCH
RNA Christmas Cards from last year's stocks are £5/Euros 5.60 a packet of ten.

Inserts for the RNA Diary are £5/Euros £5.60 and the full diary is £8/Euros 9.

Postage from Portsmouth costs us extra.
CHRISTMAS CARDS