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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 2nd August 2018 Starting
1930 at Kirkwall Army Reserve Centre (TA)
After a tour there will be a social
gathering in the bar

cheers mate

Hi Shipmates,

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.

happy Birthday RAF
Royal Navy
Matelot guard training at sea.

'Allo, What's going on in Orkney'? With regard to training a guard there's no comparison.

I don't remember bendy decks when I was in the Andrew.

What a discriptive name for a motor yacht I wonder whether the owner was a wee bit that way at the naming ceremony???

(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)

(I've added another website link to an organisation dealing with Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness (MAACenter) Anyone with questions or concerns can click on from our links page)

This site was last updated on Tuesday 31st July 2018

Today is Black Tot day and ceremonies are taking place around naval establishments and ships to remember the day when on the 31st July 1970 the RN issued it's last rum ration to the men.

Hi all, you either love it or hate it! but I've set up a branch Facebook page. Nothing much on it yet (Obviously) but it will hopefully build. If it doesn't we can always dump it. But it does allow me to share items and videos that I cannot share on the web page. Go to Facebook and search Royal Naval Association Orkney Branch. It may give you a list of other branches but ours should be at the top so just click on that.

A commemoration service for the 100th anniversay of the loss of HMS Opal and HMS Narborough at Windwick Bay South Ronaldsay took place on Friday 12th January at 1100. Attended by the Lord Lieutenant, OIC officials, 2 officers and 2 ratings from HMS Victorious representing the RN, 5 members of the Orkney RNA, members of the Kirkwall & Stromness RBLS and notably Mr Tim Jackson great nephew of Lieutenant Edmond Bowly captain of HMS Narborough. The service was conducted by Rev David Dawson of the RNA. A one minutes silence was observed. The Last Post and Reveille was sounded by 2 RM buglers followed by the Lament, Flowers of the Forest on the bagpipes as 8 wreaths where laid. The service was followed by a light lunch in Cromarty Hall and talk by local historian Mr Brian Budge explaining the circumstances as to the grounding of the ships and loss of 188 sailors and the 1 survivor. Mr Tim Jackson gave a brief speech detailing what he knew about his great uncle Lieutenant Dowly and his family history. In conclusion another short service was held and the dedication of a book of remembrance containing the names of all the men who were lost.

The 2nd August 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first landing of an aircraft on a ships deck whilst underway. Edwin Dunning landed a Sopwith Pup on the deck of HMS Furious in Scapa Flow on 2nd August 1917 thus paving the way for the aircraft carrier age. Unfortunately he never lived to see it as on his second attempt a few days later his aircraft lost power over the deck and landed heavily, it was then was swept overboard by strong winds killing him in the process. A plaque erected on the 75th anniversary at Swanbister the closest point of land to the event has been eroded by the weather, with 100 years past since the landing a new weather resistant plaque will be unveiled today at Scapa memorial garden by RN personnel, HMS Queen Elizabeth will be present in the Flow this morning and a flypast is due at around 1140.

HMS Vanguard 1917. 7th-9th July A busy weekend of commemoration has just concluded with events taking place over the wreck site, Lyness Cemetery and culminating in a service at St Magnus Cathedral to coinside with the exact moment in time at 2320 100 years on from when an explosions onboard the ship anchored in Scapa Flow set off a series of explosions destroying the ship in seconds, 840 sailors were lost in the single most disastrous non enemy accident in Royal Naval history. Officers and members of the Royal Navy (Including some current HMS Vanguard's ships company) and Royal Marine bandsmen were in Orkney to take part along with dignitaries, officials from the Government, Orkney Islands Council and over 40 descendants and family members of those lost.


Rum ration

Left hand photo: l to r Mr Alister Buchan OIC CEO, Capt Bill Spence Lord Lieutenant, Mr Harvey Johnston OIC Convener, Lt Cdr Garth Atkinson RN HMS Victorious, Mr Keith Welbon ViceChairman RNA Orkney Branch, Mr Eddie Ross Chairman Kirkwall branch RBLS, Mr Tim Jackson great nephew Lt Edmond Bowly, Kirkwall Grammar School pupil (No name given) who has completed a project on the event. Another wreath was laid by a Lt RN (No name given) just out of the photo.

Right hand photo: A general view to seaward with the shoreline along which the ships grounded clearly visible. A colour party with the Union flag, RNA branch standard and the RBLS Standard stand behind the plaque commemorating the lost and to the right the piper and buglers.

L to R. Mr Walter Crosbie, Mrs Celia Green and Mr Ken Bannerman Chairman, Trustee and Founder of the charity 'Airfields Of Britain Conservation Trust'.

Shipmate Ian MacDonald played the Lament while wreaths were laid during the ceremony of remembrance at the Vanguard memorial Lyness War Graves Cemetery.

Vanguard memorial.

A rare photo of a PO and CPO smiling

PO and Chief smiling

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?

Gas Gas Gas
Officers Compass

A couple of lighthearted pictures to make you smile from The Real Navy Facebook page. I hope any ex or serving officers will not be offended.

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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