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  The Orkney Branch of the Royal Naval Association meets on the Third

  Thursday of every month. On alternate months the meetings are held
  in the Royal British Legion Clubs Kirkwall and Stromness.
  Please see the notice below for the date and venue of the next meeting.


Thursday 20 July 2017
Starting 1930 at Kirkwall
Legion Club

cheers mate

Hi Shipmates Summers with us but the weathers not. Armed forces events, Commemoration ceremonies for The sinking of HMS Vanguard and first landing on a ship by an aircraft. And lots of annual festivals up and coming. Lets get out and support. I'll drink to that. Cheers.

Memories page. Closing of the Hole in t' wall bar Gibraltar.

The Vault HMS Royal Oak story and video have been moved to the vault.

Also still there the three preserved ships HMS Cavalier, HM Submarine Ocelot and HMS Belfast.

To keep the space on the front page up to date with current information older items will be passed down into the cellar vault for archiving. Press the Vault button, but beware the steps are slippery and the floor is damp, watch out for the spiders and rats and if you stay too long the musty smell will linger on your clothing.


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Woman's Royal Naval Service on November 28th 1917. There are lots of events and commemoration surrounding this anniversary. There maybe lots of information out there but this website seems to be the one that the WRNS Associasion have set up. via the Links page



Shipmate Reg Jamison lays a poppy cross and pays his respect during the ceremony Shipmates Reg and Ian MacDonald and
Mr Greg Miller an Australian gentleman
who now stays in Orkney.

A REMINDER Full size photo's can be seen on the RNA Orkney pictures page.


(A wee tip to avoid mixing the pic with the text: When scrolling down if there is a pic/video in the text it is better to put your mouse arrow outside the green area and use the wheel, otherwise use the right hand side bar to move the page up or down)

All The Latest News: Last update 19th May 2017.

April's meeting was held in the Stromness Legion on 20th. There was a good turnout of shipmates. The official business was adhered too before the floor was opened for dit's and a bit of lamp swinging and the obligatory rum washed down with a beer or two.

Points to note:

There will be an ANZAC memorial commemoration at the Commonwealth graves in St Olaf's cemetery at 1100 on Tuesday 25th April. All welcome.

HMS Vanguard 1917.
To date we understand that there will be 6 members of HMS Vanguard's crew including the captain visiting for the 100th anniversary on the Vanguard disaster on the 9th July 1917. It is also understood the the original ships bell from the Vanguard will be brought up on loan and will probably be displayed at the Lyness museum.

27/04/17: Regarding the annual remembrance service to the Arctic Convoys at the memorial site at Lyness. It has been announced that this will now take place on 30th August. (It has been delayed due to a much larger event at Loch Ewe this year)

If anyone is concerned or requires information on Mesothelioma (Asbestos related lung damage) There is now a link to a useful site on the links page.


This little skit by Bird and Fortune is brilliant, a must watch to the end. OK it's a couple of years old now but still very funny and dare I say still relevant.

average person to sailor

Now it depends on where your loyalties lie which one of these you deem to be the truest statement. Or you may feel both have equal merit?


Here is a short advert to encourage people to learn English

Even if you have seen it before it always raises a laugh and as an ex Coastguard myself those very words can send a shiver up your spine.

Any Ex Glamorganites out there? do you see yourself? 1967 when this film was made all this was high tech? Seems positively archaic now.

And for the submariners a flim made in 1943 about a sub patrol. But I suspect a little bit of a setup rather than a real partol??

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