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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 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
QE has been out and about recently post our capability insertion period from Mar to May.

Much of the capability work centred around preparing us for the deployment to the United States in the autumn and the first embarkation of jets.

Our period at sea in June benefited from some fantastic weather and the ability to complete a few more trials, including a replenishment at sea with one of the RN's new tankers RFA TIDESPRING. I attach a photo or two below.

Not much changed from the olden days except this time the tanker has to station on us rather than the traditional method!

On our way back up the English Channel we even managed to briefly anchor just south of the Dart Estuary to allow the cadets to come out in picket boats to see the RN's latest addition. Now back alongside - we entered port last Saturday to much interest from the general public who turned out in large numbers to welcome us home.

Next job is finalising the deployment stores and preparations before summer leave.


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
Our last lunch July was cancelled, not enough people, and a problem for our older members with the heat.



RNA JULY LUNCH
Captain Keri Harris, the Naval Attaché Paris, has accepted our invitation to speak at our Trafalgar Lunch, on Wednesday 17 October.

TRAFALGAR LUNCH SPEAKER
Please be aware that from 1 July, ALL roads with no central reservation (outside towns and villages with the usual names of villages) will be limited to 80 kph. This is the idea of the French Prime Minister, to save lives. I think it's a diversion from M Macron's ideas. Around 80% of all French are against the reduction, more in the country.. However the Gendarmerie will be out to make money!

NEW SPEED LIMIT

QUIZ NIGHT: 20 July, at Castillones, SSAFA are looking for teams, of six, if anyone would like to join Sue and I - or go independently - please advise. Bring your own supper, entry cost £7 euros, wine provided.
SSAFA BOOK SALE