Welcome to Royal Naval Association Orkney,

the UK's most northerly branch.

Welcome to all Shipmates

           As decided locally and as directed by

                                      RNA HQ

 All upcoming meetings are cancelled until further notice








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HMS Orkney Island Class Patrol vessel P299

Built by Hall Russell & Co (Aberdeen) Launched June 1976, Commissioned February 1977.

Decommisioned April 1999. Sold to Trinidad & Tabago Renamed TTS Nelson  CG20

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

        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.

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About us: The Orkney branch of the Royal Naval Association was formed in 2007. As the most northerly branch with around 15-20 members we join the other 384 branches throughout the United Kingdom. In total some 20,000 members, known as 'Shipmates',  make up the Association under the Banner "Once Navy Always Navy"  following the core values of, Unity, Loyalty, Patriotism and Comradship.


                                   NEW MEMBERS WELCOME  

About this site: This site essentially contains information for members of the branch but is also an informative but informal look at the world according to the Royal Navy both past and present.


Members, guests and visitors are welcome, please feel free to browse the pages and do return often as there will be regular updates.

cheers mate




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.




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We are all taking what precautions we can to halt the spread of the COVID 19 virus. Social distancing a great expression, I wish I had thought of that. Women have been doing that to me for years. Now it has been said that there is some confusion and that Corona beer has been linked with this virus?? Absolute nonsense. Corona beer is of Spanish-Mexican origin brewed in Mexico and owned rather strangly by a Belgium company. All perfectly safe to drink. I'll drink to that. Cheers.





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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.

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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?

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A rare photo of a PO and CPO smiling

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"Hello What's going on in Orkney"

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This site was updated on Friday 30th October 2020




Covid 19 is still very much controlling our lives so there has not been much to report.


Note Changes: It is intended to hold a short parade and service in Stromness for Remembrance Sunday. There will be no church service. A march will take place from the roundabout to the War memorial commencing at 1045. A small pipe band followed by the Standards and Wreath layers. Strict Social distancing will be observed during the march and at the memorial. Wreath will be laid on arrival (Piper plays the lament) prayers, last post and 2mins silence at 1100. The parade will then return to the roundabout area and dismiss. There will be no facilites at the Legion following the parade.  A short service will be held at the Kirkwall War Memorial (There will be no parade) attendees are asked to gather on the Cathedral Green by 1045. The Orkney Branch Standard will be paraded at Stromness this year, RNA wreaths will be laid at Kirkwall, Stromness and St Margaret's Hope. Other smaller gathering will take place at the various parish memorial. Gatherings will also take place at Kirkwall and Stromness memorials for the 2 minutes silence at 1100 Wednesday 11th November. Due to New Covid restrictions these events have been  cancelled in their entirety.



Members of the Orkney RNA branch attended at the Stromness War memorial for Merchant Navy Day. Wreaths were laid by the Lord Lieutenant, RBL, RNA and Merchant Naval personnel. Local Naval Historian Mr Brian Budge paid special tribute and a wreath was laid for Stromness woman Elizabeth Brookes who at the age of 63 was killed whilst onboard the liner SS Athenia on passage to Canada on the 3rd September 1939. The liner was torpedoed and sunk by U30 just hours after the decleration of War.


A short (social distancing)service to remember HMS Royal Oak sinking took place at 1100 on the 14th October at the Memorial Garden Scapa. There was no official Royal Oak Association service this year. The service was conducted by David Dawson the Local RNA Chaplain. Reperesentatives from the RNA, RBL, The Lord Lieutenant, The OIC Convener plus other associated organisations laid wreaths.  


1. I have added a new web link to the links page under organisations that provide help and advice. (www.companydebt.com) with ref to helping any service veterans who wish to start up their own business on leaving the the forces (or beyond). I'm not aware that anyone in the Orkney Branch has that desire but there are many others that visit our website.


2. As a work in progress I've created a "Videos of interest" page, This will bring all the little video films together on to one page rather than randomly dispersed over the site.  


AGM postponed

As there has not been an AGM so far this year the Chairman has emailed the Orkney Annual report (as submitted to HQ) to branch members







A little tip: Because of the sites functionality the photos within the scipted are static therefore they do not move with the writing when scrolling. Whilst scrolling place the mouse arrow outside the green area or use the righthand side bar


Thought you would like to see this photo which according to the caption shows the following ships of Force H in line ahead. HMS Duke of York, HMS Nelson, HMS Renown, HMS Formidable and HMS Argonaut. Didn't they have great names back then?  Such as FORMIDABLE, RENOWN

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1. Sailor, "Excuse me sir can you tell me where the Naval guard has gone"?

2. Guard's WO. "Sooo! What's your excue for being late?"  

   Sailor, "My legs are too short to keep up."

3. Sailor, - "If I had a hat as big as that I'd be nearly as tall as you. "

This year has already sparked off some great jokes so we'll start with the most common one.


Pity we didn't see what the year had to offer. This would not have been so funny.

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A very rare sight a CPO and PO drill instructors smiling

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For interest and a bit of curiosity. Below is a photo from the Pompey News archives, it shows boy trainees from HMS St Vincent marching down a street in Gosport.  Unfortunately the paper cannot give a date or street name. It has been suggested that because they are in winter rig it could be a Remembrance Day parade. The year is open to question also, black caps. 30's 40's? What I find surprising is how modern the houses look.

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A little reminder that it is HMS Royal Oak and Remembrance time of year again. Sadly this year's commemorations will be limited.  But we are still not going through what these people endured

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Old recruitment posters...