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As a result of the restrictions for COVID19, the annual service of Rememberance for HMS HOOD could not take place this year.


Not wishing to fail to mark the event at all, a duly "Socially Distanced" 2 minutes silence was observed in the front garden of the President S/M Bob Scott.


In attendance were The President - S/M Bob Scott, the Chairman - S/M David Shipley, S/M Tony Avery, and S/M Richard Shenton who attended with the standard.  S/M Paul Minter attended as the photographer to record the event!








S/M Doug Morris Crossing the Bar and Funeral


The following was received from S/M Nobby Hall:


Shipmate Doug Morris Funeral Service was held in Worthing this afternoon, Wednesday 29 April. It was a small gathering only six family and myself but it was a lovely Service with many tributes to a Dear Friend and Shipmate. His body will now be cremated.


There will be a Memorial/Wake once we get back to some form of normality at the Broadwater Conservative Working Mens Club. I will forward the details when I have them.


Meantime take care and stay safe.




HMS HOOD Anniversary


The Branch normally holds its own HMS Memorial Service, but due to the current COVID19 issues, we have had to cancel this year.


We have now heard that there will be a Virtual service which shipmates can log onto and watch.  Details below.


Friends and relatives of those who served in or went down in battle-cruiser HMS Hood are going ahead with their annual commemorative service – but virtually.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the commissioning of the ship, which came to symbolise the Royal Navy during the Inter-War period.

She was lost – with all but three souls aboard – engaging Hitler’s flagship Bismarck in company with HMS Prince of Wales in the Denmark Strait early on the morning of May 24 1941.

Among the 1400+ casualties who went down with Hood was Admiral Lancelot Holland, in command of the two British capital ships.

He worshipped at St John’s Church in Boldre, Hampshire, where in the years since the disaster a special section has grown honouring the ship and her men, with a service held each year on the Sunday closest to the sinking.

This year’s service will now be a virtual affair due to the lockdown, but you will still be able to ‘join’ the congregation courtesy of the internet; the 11am service on Sunday May 24 will be broadcast via the church’s website: or

Plans are already being drawn up for the 2021 service – provisionally set of May 16 – when the 80th anniversary of the tragedy will be marked.





VE DAY Photos


Altough there were many events and celebrations that had been arranged to commemerate VE day, sadly these all had to be cancelled.


A number of "socially distanced" events did take place, and a couple of these are shown below.  Any additional photos to include, email to






Ahoy Shipmates,


Hope you are well and staying safe.  Please see the note below concerning RNA clothing:


RNA Clothing


Whilst in isolation it may be the perfect time to have a ‘shufty’ at the new sparklingly refreshed RNA clothing website of our official clothing supplier, RLP Embriodery, which is run by Shipmate Ray Pullen (Aldershot Branch).


So go to this link at the short trail:  It is well worth a look


Stay Safe


 Andy Christie

Operations Manager  

Royal Naval Association




Bereavement Information from HeadQuarters


During this global coronavirus pandemic, Shipmates are facing a tragic loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances. This includes being unable to attend in person as shipmates cross the bar and being unable to celebrate together the life afterwards given increasing restrictions on funerals. As a family the loss of one shipmate is felt by us all but more intensely by those closest.

Two useful sources of support and advice are Cruse offering support for adults (see ) and Winstons Wish (see for children and young people.

Cruse for adults primarily supports through its excellent website and a National Freephone Helpline of 0808 808 1677 open Monday-Friday 0930-1700 (excluding bank holidays) with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 2000. In normal times, it has local services detailed on the website but these are curtailed at the moment.

Winston's Wish for children and young people operates through

1) a National Freephone Helpline 08088 020 021 (open 0900 – 1700, Monday – Friday). This is being operated remotely so accessed currently by leaving a message on their voicemail with your first name and a contact number (with the caller’s area code; a Helpline Practitioner calls back from a withheld number as soon as possible.
2) ASK email support via
3) Crisis Messenger by texting WW to 85258 (available 24/7).
4) an Online Chat service available on the website 1200 - 1600pm, (Wednesdays and Fridays).
5) Facebook groups (Adults Bereaved as Children and Supporting Bereaved Children and Young People) offering support with membership opening up the opportunity to connect digitally and share experiences.

Remember bereaved shipmates may also have to deal with increased trauma and are likely cut off from some of their usual support network through family, Branch and other shipmates. Those who are already struggling with bereavement, or whose relatives or friends die through other causes will also be affected.

Coping with grief and trauma is hard at this time and support is always welcome. Being bereaved can be an extremely lonely time.
Talking with family, friends and shipmates can be one of the most helpful ways to cope after someone close dies. We can all support our shipmates by phone, text or e-mail! It is important to avoid isolation but currently increasing numbers of people have to self-isolate and we all have to avoid physical contact with others under current advice.

Stay home and stay well all shipmates

Yours aye
Geoff Apperley
Deputy National Welfare Adviser
Royal Naval Association
07969 101113






Lock-down Information From Welfare Officer


Hello Shipmates
Now that the Country is in Lock Down,  members of our branch may be having difficulties in collecting medicines,

Food, or getting to appointments, etc.

T.S. Vanguard's two senior officers have offered the service of themselves and the Mini-Bus to help with
Carrying out any of these services as from today.


To put into operation phone Anna Shipley on 01903 539210, she will forward the task to T.S.Vanguard

Co-ordinators for action. Please DO NOT ring the Unit Direct.

Any contact has to be through me, as I will be the Co-Ordinator for the R.N.A.


Contact:              01903 539210
Text:                    07740437000


Hugs & prayers to you all, stay safe.

Yours Aye

Anna Shipley
Welfare Officer
R.N.A. Worthing  branch. 





Cancellation Of Mess Meetings


Following advice from RNA HQ, and in light of the current uncertaintly resulting from the Corona Virus - COVID19 Virus, the Mess Meetings due to take place in April, May and June have been cancelled.


As and when more information becomes available, it will be promulgated accordingly.






On Wednesday 11th March, The Worthing Branch of The  Royal British Legion presented to TS Vanguard the Tie given to the Unit by Cannon and Mrs Nunn.  The tie was given to Cannon Nunn whilst he was serving as the padre onboard HMS Consort.


S/M Paul Minter accepted the tie on behalf of TS Vanguard in his role as Chairman of the Unit.


Mrs Nun was unable to attend the presentation, and it was agreed a separate occasion would be arranged for her to visit and view the Tie on display.


Also present at the presentation were the Worthing RNA Branch President -S/M Bob Scott, and the Branch Chairman - S/M David Shipley, as well as the Worthing Deputy Mayor, Cllr Lionel Harman.






A rare opportunity to visit the House of Commons for a tour and Tea has been arranged for Friday 26th June 2020.


Cost - including transport - will be £27.50


Anyone interested should contact S/M Anna Shipley on 01903 539210




ALMARK Commeration of Warrant Officer John Smith



A commemoration at Durrington Cemetary on Monday 17th February remembered John Smith, a sailor who helped free almost 300 British prisoners in the storming of The Altmark on February 17, 1940.

Delivering a speech over Warrant Officer Smith’s grave, Commander Neil Hall (RN) said the raid represented ‘one of the most audacious feats’ of the Second World War.

“Altmark was a very important act, which at the time was a huge boost to national morale,” he said.  "It was a wonderful example of that great British seafaring tradition.”

Parade of Navy veterans in Durrington to mark a Second World War victory. Pic Steve Robards SR20021701 SUS-200217-160712001Parade of Navy veterans in Durrington to mark a Second World War victory. Pic Steve Robards SR20021701 SUS-200217-160712001 Copyright: Johnston Press
The Altmark was a Nazi tanker that supported the battleship Graf Spee. After the Graf Spee was scuttled by the British Navy in December, 1939, the Altmark hid in a Norwegian fjord – at that time neutral territory – with 299 captured Merchant Navy seamen on board.

But it was discovered by the Navy’s HMS Cossack and boarded in a daring raid. John Smith was one of the boarders and was shot in the shoulder after entering a booby-trapped door. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and served for the rest of the war, before passing away in 1973 at the age of 69. His grave reads ‘Safe harbour beyond all storms of life’.

Wreaths were laid at his grave by members of the Armed Forces and Worthing mayor Hazel Thorpe, with a military parade from the entrance to the graveside.

There was also a contingent from the Ships Company of HMS DAUNTLESS.

As well as The Worthing Branch Standard, Standard from a number of other Area 3 Branches were present.

More photos from the event can be viewed on the ALMARK Gallery page on this website 



New Dates for National Arboretum Visit


The Dates for the Arboretum Visit have had to be changed until later in the year, to the new dates of 18th - 20th September.


Full details, and how to participate are as shown in the poster below.



Crossed Over the Bar


It is with regret, that we have to report that S/M Bernie Harwood passed over the bar on the 7th February 2020.

Funeral service to take place at Ian Harts Chapels, Broadwater at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 25th February 2020.


A condolences card has been sent.


Our sympathies go to S/M Bernie Harwood's Family and friends.


It is with regret, that we have to report that Mrs Carolyn Colbourne passed over the bar on the 31st January 2020 after a short illness. (Wife of S/M  Ron Colbourne).


Funeral service to take place at 1:40 pm on Monday 24th February 2020 at Worthing Crematorium.


A condolences card has been sent.


Our sympathies go to S/M Ron Colborne's Family and friends.






We have been informed by Shipmate Joe Pannett, that Frank Morgan has sadly crossed over the bar.
Frank, who was nearly 98 years old, was an ex-police officer and attended many of our parades as Burma Star Standard Bearer, he also attended many parades in London and was presented to the Queen on several occasions.  Joe has no other details at present.  Funeral details will be sent out when I have received them.
Our sympathies go to S/M Joe and S/M Frank Morgan's Family and friends.



Today a team under Commodore James Parkin took charge of the International Maritime Security Construct – a coalition of nations committed to safeguarding merchant shipping from hostile attacks and interference, allowing the safe, free flow of trade.

The Bahrain-based organisation – perhaps better known under its operational name, Sentinel – provides warships to shepherd civilian vessels into and out of the Gulf via the Strait of Hormuz, where four tankers were attacked last summer and the illegal seizure of the British-flagged oiler Stena Impero.

The increased threat prompted a strong response from the Royal Navy – frigate HMS Montrose has been heavily engaged since July in protecting merchant vessels and remains on patrol there today as part of the UK’s forward presence in the region; she’s also been supported by HMS Duncan, Defender and Kent.

On an average day, two British-flagged container ships or tankers are passing through the Strait of Hormuz and each day their journey is delayed costs their owners an estimated £230,000.


Beyond that, there are around 2,200 merchant vessels in the region daily, hence an international response to the threat.


Seven nations stepped up to the plate: UK, USA, Australia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia the UAE and Albania – with the IMSC officially beginning operations in early November under US Rear Admiral Alvin Holsey.


He handed over to Commodore Parkin, who is normally based at Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth where he commands the UK’s Littoral Strike Group – the newly-renamed amphibious forces.


The presence of the Brits and their four-month tenure of the IMSC – commanding an international staff, international warships and international intelligence-gathering air power – was warmly welcomed by Vice Admiral James Malloy, Commander of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet – the senior naval officer in the region.


“Sitting in my office two months back, the First Sea Lord promised he would send the very best, a seasoned, combat experienced officer with significant regional tours under his belt – and he was true to his word,” Vice Admiral Malloy said.


Although the Strait of Hormuz has been the focal point of efforts and global attention over the past six month, Commodore Parkin’s domain also includes two other key ‘choke points’ where shipping has been attacked in the past – the Bab al Mandeb at the foot of the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa, where vessels have been attacked by rebels/pirates – as well as the more open waters of the Gulf of Oman and Gulf.


He is determined to build on the groundwork laid by Admiral Holsey and his staff.


“The UK is committed to ensuring the safety of shipping in the Gulf region, which contains some of the most important choke points in the world,” Commodore Parkin added.


“We recognise the importance of freedom of navigation and will ensure it is upheld.


“While the UK continues to call for de-escalation, the safety and security of our citizens and our interests in the region are of paramount concern to the UK and the Royal Navy.”






Worthing Branch RNA Visit to National Arboretum

New Dates

Friday 18th - Sunday 20th September 2020



Please find below details from S/M David Shipley regarding the upcoming trip to the Arboretum, if you would like to go please let Anna/David have your £10.00 deposit on the night of the AGM.  
The National Arboretum by coach, long weekend.

Staying at the Royal Court Hotel, Coventry which is a beautiful Grade II listed country house hotel. Set in picturesque gardens. 


3 day's £ 199.00 per person. Half board.


Friday    18th September 2020 leave Worthing.
Sunday  20th September 2020 return to Worthing.

A non-refundable deposite of £10 per person is requested 

Cheques made payable to: Just for Groups 

Optional non-refundable insurance £ 12pp.


If you can only bring cash, a cheque to the Coach Company will be sent on your behalf.


More literature will be handed out at the A.G.M or by contascting  


If interested please contact David Shipley on 01903 539210 or email

Many thanks

David Shipley, 

R.N.A Worthing Branch







The following was received by S/M Mike Crowe


Dear Shipmates


First I must make an apology. I regret that the RN Shipmates system has been very quiet.

The website looked as if it, or even me, had crossed the Bar!!


No, my wife has fought off a Mini Stoke with tests, medication its side effects and I have had a Prostate Cancer scare with all the tests involved there. However, the real fly in the ointment was computer problems of which I will say no more, fellow computer users will understand. Thanks to my son we are up and running again!




Go to and go to ‘reunions’ on a regular basis, this is because nearly 400 local newspapers across the country are now printing a ‘Letter to the Editor’ mentioning the rediscovered camaraderie at Royal Navy Reunions. Their readers are posting their reunions. You might like to copy this to your branch shipmates so that the can be sure their ship’s Associations reunion is listed.


Many thanks for your co-operation in bringing shipmates together again, let me know when a tot is raised and I will raise one to you from this end!


Best wishes


Mike Crowe


Presentation of Cheque to RNBT


Following last years Street collection, Worthing RNA Branch Members with Chairman S/M David Shipley, attended the Royal Navy Benevolent Trust and presented a cheque for £423 towards the new Building fund.

Chairman S/M David Shipley handed the cheque to the RNBT Chief Executive, Cdt Rob Bosshardt.





RNA Central Office & Worthing Branch Subscriptions
The Royal Naval Association Central Office and Worthing Branch Subscriptions are required to be into the Branch no later than 31 January 2020.
The Royal Naval Association Central Office subscriptions for 2020 are £14.
Worthing Branch subscriptions for 2020 are £5.
If you use the Broadwater Working Men’s Club the fee is still £5.
Please complete the enclosed forms and return them with your cheque (payable to Worthing RNA) to S/M Bob Scott 44 Bolsover Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 1NT.
If you have any problems, not renewing your membership or are not sure what is required please contact S/M Bob Scott 01903 243875, if there is no answer please leave your name and telephone number and I will get back to you or Email to
Yours Aye
S/M Bob Scott
Royal Naval Association
Worthing Branch President
44 Bolsover Road
West Sussex
BN13 1NT
01903 243875


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Offer of an Allotment for a year


We have received an email from an Ex-RN S/M from Shoreham offering the use of an alloment in Shoreham for a year.  A summary from his email is copied below.


If anyone is interested in taking him up on his offer, please email to "", and we will put you in touch.



 I have recently moved to this area from the North East. I am a member at RNA Tyne.  Ex RN 22 years, left Dec 1999

My partner has an allotment in Ham Road, Shoreham. We are heading to Spain for 10 months and rather than give this allotment up, I suggested that one of my RNA shipmates may wish to tend it for the next year. It's at no cost, all produce would be the property of the person tending the plot.


The first priority would be to keep it weed free. There is a shed on the plot with most tools required, plus a kettle, for those times when peace and quiet may be needed.





80th Anniversary of The "Altmark Incident"
17th February 2020 will be the 80th Anniversary of 80th Anniversary of the “Altmark Incident” where the famous cry “The Navy’s here” rang out loud around the world as Sailors from the Destroyer HMS COSSACK boarded and freed 300 British Merchant Seaman.
One of the Heroes of that night, WO J J F Smith DSC is buried in Durrington cemetery. He won his DSC in this action and was the only British casualty wounded by a booby trap. Therefore in order to Commemorate this Event a Parade will take place at 1100 on Monday 17 Feb 20 at Durrington Cemetery.
Worthing Branch of the RNA will be attending with their Standard, and any other Area 3 Standard that is able to attend would be more than welcome. Apologies for the short notice but the Parade was only suggested in mid-December and the arrangements have only just been finalized. The Rig will be the usual Veterans Rig.
The Parade will consist of a simple Service and wreath laying, I would suggest that you may wish to lay one on behalf of the Royal Navy Association, and should last about thirty minutes. On completion we will repair to the Rose & Crown Pub in Worthing for a buffet lunch. So you are aware the following will also be involved, a Contingent from HMS DAUNTLESS, (sadly HMS DIAMOND were unavailable), a Representative from the Norwegian Embassy, the HMS COSSACK Association, Worthing Veterans Association and Worthing Borough Council. We also hoping for a good representation from the Media.
Anyone wishing to attend - with or without standards - should email, and details will be forwarded to Worthing Veterans Association.







Do you have any old Photos of your old Ships?


We are looking to start a page dedicated to ships that members have served upon in the past (or where still serving - currently) as a sort of Rouges Gallery!


If you have any photos - along with any comments or dits that you would like to see go on, please email to :



Worthing Remembrance Parade 2019


The Branch attended the Annual Remembrance Parade at the Town War Memorial on Sunday 10th November 2019.


There was a good turnout of members with the standard carried by S/M Richard Shenton, and the Chairman S/M David Shipley laying the Branches' Wreath.









Carrier Strike Group forms for the first time



The UK's HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group has formed for the first time on the Westlant 19 deployment, the Royal Navy announced on 26 September.

The carrier has been joined by destroyer HMS Dragon, frigate HMS Northumberland and fleet tanker RFA Tideforce off the eastern seaboard of the US following the completion of the Canadian-led submarine hunting exercise Cutlass Fury in which Northumberland took part.

Dragon has now left the task force to join another carrier group working in the same waters off the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The destroyer will form part of Carrier Strike Group 10, led by USS Dwight D Eisenhower which is undergoing a US Navy Tailored Ship's Training Availability programme.


Dragon will then re-attach to the Queen Elizabeth group ready to begin combined training with UK F-35 Lightning stealth fighters from 617 Squadron.


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