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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.


We are still looking for a new librarian.

Sue and Ken have been mustering our maritime library and hope to have an on site list shortly. To help us complete our muster, please advise us if you have a library book with its title and author (we don't need them back yet!)

LIBRARY
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.
RFA WAVE KNIGHT
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.

Nigel Budd, our affiliated RFA Captain is in command of RFA WAVE KNIGHT, in the West Indies, successful anti drugs ops, hurricane relief etc - and ferrying Prince Harry on several Commonwealth Island visits.

UPDATE FROM CDR. DARREN HOUSTON

A really manic couple of weeks to get QE away from Rosyth at last. Mon 26 Jun was a special and historic day as we took the RN's largest ship to sea for her propulsion trials. Our careful exit from the Rosyth basin was expertly accomplished using 11 tugs. Once clear we then had to wait for low water before easing under the Bridges just before midnight - dramatic stuff!


Sea trials have now commenced and we are just completing a routine visit to Invergorden where we have restocked, refuelled and loaded stores. I think the local economy has benefited from our presence as we have managed to exhaust the town of beer. Off to sea very soon for more trials and testing of mission systems. Weather in these parts slightly cooler than where you are with temperatures in the low teens. You got to love a Scottish summer!!


Cdr Darren Houston. Commander in Command of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH
We are still looking for an auditor .

Anyone who is interested, please give Ken Napier a call!
AUDITOR
We had a good lunch at Tombeboeuf.

Thanks to Brian as usual for his excellent menus, if anyone has a favourite ship please advise him! I've proposed MARY ROSE!

Thanks too to Julie for collecting raffle money - and to those who donated bottles - and to Dave Pegg for collecting Dinner Money.
RNA AUGUST LUNCH