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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.
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
I know it has been some time since I put pen to paper (or keyboard to email) and update on all things QNLZ. Apologies for the lack of contact; the last few months have been exceedingly hectic as we finish off sea trials and get the ship ready for handover to the Royal Navy.

I not too sure whether the Shipmates picked up some of the media coverage surrounding the ship's first entry to Portsmouth at the back end of the summer. The day was certainly one to remember as we were welcomed into our home port. Thousands lined the Round Tower, Southsea sea front and the Gosport side to see us arrive. We welcomed the Prime Minister onboard once alongside and enjoyed the day meeting up with our families and friends.

Since August the ship has undertaken a planned engineering period and further work to make her ready for a busy 2018 programme. We sailed at the end of October for the second set of planned sea trials to test the mission systems and communication equipment. With the onset of the autumnal storms, we also put the hull through a serious of tests, courtesy of the Atlantic swells. The ship has performed well and she is a strong and stable hull!

We are now back alongside and preparing for Commissioning and the official welcome into the Naval family. We are looking forward to welcoming the Ship's Lady Sponsor, Her Majesty The Queen in company with and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to witness the ceremony and meet members of the Ship's Company and their families.

Cdr Darren Houston. Commander in Command of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH
January's Lunch was held at the Kyriad Hotel in Bergerac on the 10th January we had 13 turn out.

Our thanks to all those who came, Brian for his Menus as usual, with some old and some new Nautical dits.


Brian is always looking for favourite ships, aircraft or other interesting subjects for future menus!


With reduced numbers generally we can cope with smaller restaurants, so if you can recommend one, please advise.
RNA JANUARY LUNCH
These are now due for 2018, 20 euros, payable to 'RNA Aquitaine' and sent to: Chazarem, 47290 Beaugas.

Cheques will not be presented until Jan to avoid 2017 auditing problems. If you do not wish to continue please advise!

SUBS!
Fred Gosling has been in Villeneuve hospital for four months with longer to go.

He would welcome a call for a chat on 06 02 15 38 13.

FRED GOSLING