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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.

cheers mate

As decided locally and as directed by
All upcoming meetings are cancelled until further notice

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.

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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"Hello What's going on in Orkney"

Drink rum

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

Royal Oak
Navy Poppy

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This site was updated on Friday 9th October 2020


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

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.

There will be a short (social distancing)service to remember HMS Royal Oak at 1100 on the 14th October at the Memorial Garden Scapa. There will be no official association service this year. All RNA, RBL members Welcome.

It is intended to hold a short parade and service in Stromness for Remembrance Sunday (Covid restriction allowing) There will be no church service. A march will take place from the Pierhead (via Ferry Road) to the War memorial commencing at 1030. A small pipe band followed by the Standards, Wreath layers and up to a maximum of 6 persons per unit of local organisations. 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 pierhead and dismiss. There will be no facilites at the Legion following the parade. Note: I'm sure there will be an equivalent event in Kirkwall but I have no information regarding it.

1. I have added a new web link to the links page under organisations that provide help and advice. ( 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


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.

jpwm 220120 ACH rw HMS St Vincent boys parade through Gosport

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

Nelson well.1


PO and Chief smiling

A very rare sight a CPO and PO drill instructors smiling

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?

Officers Compass
Gas Gas Gas

A rare photo of a PO and CPO smiling

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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