A number of older items have now been moved to the "Archive" page
Remembrance Parade 2023
A new Page has been added with details and photos of the Parade held on Sunday 12th November 2023, with additional Photos
November Mess Meeting
The November Mess Meeting will take place on Thursday 16th November at the Broadwater Working Men's Club.
This meeting will be a Full Mess meeting.
This months meeting will include a raffle. Donation of Prizes welcomed.
Gathering from 1830 for a 1900 start.
We look forward to seeing as many Shipmates there as possible.
All prospective new members welcome.
Trafalgar Night Dinner
The closing date for applications for this years Trafalgar Night Dinner is rapidly approaching.
Please get applications in before 5th October to ensure your place.
Guest Speaker: Sir Peter Bottomley MP
Full details below.
Crossed over the Bar
Bob’s Funeral will be on 27th October at Worthing crematorium (12noon) and afterwards at the Findon Manor Hotel.
New Members always welcome
Here at Worthing Branch of the RNA, we are always looking to add new members to the Branch - an opportunity to meet with fellow "old Boys and Girls" and exchange a dit or two and socialise.
Membership of the RNA is free, and there is a small annual Branch subscription only.
Members can be Veterans, serving members or simply those with an affiliation to the Royal Navy.
Anyone interested in joining us, can email email@example.com.
2023 Trafalgar Night Dinner
A reminder that the Annual Trafalgar Night Dinner will take place on Friday 20th October
at the Ardington Hotel in Steyne Gardens, Worthing.
1900 for 1930.
Cost £45 per person, includes Rum Tot and Three Course Dinner.
Dress: Mess Dress / Black Tie / Lounge Suit
Open to All - not just RNA members.
Come along for a great fun evening.
1. Cream of Winter Vegetable Soup, Crème Fraiche and Croutons
3. Baked Goats Cheese on Bruschetta, Roasted Beetroot and Mixed Leaves (V)
4. Hot Thai Spiced Chicken, Asian Salad, Sesame Dressing
(Optional Bearnaise Sauce)
Pork & Sage stuffing
Selection of Vegetables
Coffee / Tea
Please make payment of £45 per person by cheque or BACs, and indicate menu choices from options above.
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Bookings close 5th October 2023
Crossed over the Bar
It is with great Sadness that we have to report that S/M Betty Scott passed over the bar last Wednesday - 26th April.
Our thoughts and Prayers go out to S/M Bob and his family.
HMS HOOD Anniversary
The Annual HMS HOOD Memorial Service was once again held this year on Wednesday 24th May
HMS Hood 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.
LatestType 26 Frigate - HMS BIRMINGHAM - Laid Down
On the fourth day of the fourth month the fourth Type 26 frigate – and the fourth ship to bear the name Birmingham – began to take shape on the Clyde.
Work has now got under way on the latest of the Royal Navy’s next-generation submarine hunters, a £840m warship which will carry the name and motto – Forward – of England’s second city around the globe for a quarter of a century.
Joined by VIPs from Birmingham, builders BAE and veterans of the most recent ‘HMS Brum’ – as the ships were nicknamed – Defence Procurement Minister Alex Chalk joined BAE shipwrights in cutting the first steel plate in Govan, Glasgow.
Commodore Steve Roberts, heading the Type 26 programme for the Royal Navy, said: "Seeing the next Type 26 start the construction journey is a tangible representation of the success of the programme, thanks to the hard work put in by the DE&S and BAE Systems teams.
"These advanced anti-submarine warfare ships will provide the Royal Navy with a world-class cutting-edge capability to protect our Nation's interests well into the future."
Birmingham is the first of the second batch of five frigates which will complete the class – Sheffield, Newcastle, Edinburgh, London – to join the original trio of HMS Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast already under construction.
Identical to the first batch, but incorporating lessons learned in their construction and exploiting a new assembly hall which will shield the vessels from the Scottish elements unlike the first three Type 26s, the second batch represents a £4.2bn investment in the future of the Royal Navy and the shipbuilding/defence industry.
She’ll be the fourth Birmingham to serve under the White Ensign, building on foundations laid by ships whose service spanned the 20th Century.
The first two were cruisers which served through World War 1 and 2 respectively. No.1 fought at Heligoland, Dogger Bank and Jutland and served around the globe until the early 1930s.
She was replaced by a Town-class cruiser which was deployed around the globe but only earned one battle honour in WW2 (Norway), adding to it with service in Korea and broken up in 1960 (her sister, HMS Belfast, survives as a museum in London).
The most recent Birmingham was a Type 42 destroyer which joined the Fleet in 1976. Unlike many of her class, she didn’t serve in the Falklands conflict but was sent south as part of the security/peacekeeping operation around the islands afterwards.
Other peacekeeping duties included the Adriatic, protecting shipping in the Gulf during the ‘tanker wars’ and evacuating Britons and entitled civilians from Albania in 1997. She was paid off two years later and sold for breaking up in 2000.
The new Birmingham will be equipped with the Sea Ceptor missile defence system, a 5in medium calibre main gun, a Merlin or Wildcat helicopter, medium-range radar, powerful array sonars, a Mk41 vertical launch silo for missile systems, and a ‘mission bay’ allowing the ships to carry adaptable ‘pods’ for wide-ranging operations, such as disaster relief, drones, and mine warfare.
The eight 26s replace the eight dedicated Type 23 anti-submarine frigates currently in service (five new Type 31s will supplant the general duty 23s reaching the end of their lifespans) and are expected to serve for at least 25 years, taking the class into the 2060s.
And thanks to lessons learned building the first batch, plus improved assembly facilities – including a new undercover construction hall – Birmingham and the four Type 26s will be built for around two-thirds the cost of the initial trio, and they will be built and delivered to the Fleet more quickly.
Construction of the 26s will sustain around 1,700 jobs at BAE’s yards in Govan and Scotstoun, plus 2,300 jobs across 120 suppliers and sub-contractors.
SEMAPHORE CIRCULAR - 05 April 2023
Wishing you a very happy Easter – here is the link to the latest Semaphore Circular: https://royal-naval-association.co.uk/members/downloads/2023/, there will be a Semaphore Short with you on Easter Monday and as well as that, we also have some updates for you:
Coronation Pin Badges
We are delighted to tell you we have a limited edition Royal Naval Association Coronation Badge to commemorate the Coronation of King Charles III for £5 including postage, it is similar to the Jubilee badge. If you would like to order please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or more information via our Facebook group.
Uckers World Championships
The 2023 World Uckers Championships (doubles and singles) will take place at the Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth on Saturday 21st October 2021. Registration is now open email email@example.com or via this link to our Facebook group.
Army vs Navy Rugby Match
We still have availability for subsidised tickets for the Army vs Navy on 13th May - £40 tickets for £35 and £35 tickets for £30 - support for transport costs are also available, please fill in the form available here: and send to firstname.lastname@example.org – cut off date is Friday, 14 April.
RNA Gazebos – New Branding
We are able to source Gazebos centrally for a price of £976 (including VAT). This is a high-quality, 3x3m, commercial grade Gazebo; a quality gazebo comes at a substantial cost, negotiating a price centrally can allow clubs to ‘buy into’ and share the cost of a branded gazebo; more information attached, email email@example.com with any questions or to order.
DIARY OF COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS - WORTHING 2023
(Further details for each event will be promulgated once timings etc are known.)
20th August Canadian Memorial Canadian Memorial - Opposite Grand Avenue
17 September Battle of Britain Service Christs Church, Chapel Road Worthing
24 September HMS Fittleton Memorial (tbc) Worthing Pier
15th October HMS Broadwater Memorial St Mary's Church, Broadwater
20th October Trafalgar Night Dinner Ardington Hotel, Worthing
6th November Open Garden of Rememberance Town Hall
12th November Rememberance Parade Worthing Memorail outside Town Hall
19th November Pidgeon Memorial (Animals) Venue tbc
REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE 2022
The annual Remembrance day Parade took place at the War Memorial on Sunday 13th November.
The Branch was represented along with representatives of local Cadets and Youth services.
Trafalgar Night Dinner
The Branch held a Trafalgar Night Dinner at the Ardington Hotel in Worthing on Saturday 22nd October
Photos can be found on the Trafalgar Night 2022 page on the website.
The Trafalgar Night Dinner for 2023 is booked for Friday 20th October 2023 again at the Ardington Hotel.
HMS BROADWATER MEMORIAL SERVICE
The annual HMS BROADWATER Memorial service was held at St Mary's Church in Broadwater on Sunday16th October.
The Service was attended by Shipmates from Worthing Branch, the Mayor of Worthing - Councillor Henna Chowdhury, TS VANGUARD and the Standards from the RNA, Royal British Legion and Worthing Sea Cadets.
Naval Association Parade - London 12th September
Shipmate Richard Shenton - the Unit Standard Bearer, attended the RNA Parade at the Cenotaph in London on September 12th following the Naval Associations Parade. Richard is shown carrying the Area 3 Standard along with S/m Ian Robinson, who carried the County Class Destroyer Association Standard.
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 :
NAVY OFFICERS AND RATINGS MAKE HISTORY AT UNIQUE PARADE
For the first time in the history of the Royal Navy sailors and officers today passed out side-by-side.
The parade ground at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth – the spiritual home of the officer cadre for the past 115 years – witnessed a unique ceremony as 34 ratings and 130 officers completed their training.
Britain’s most senior sailor, First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin, welcomed the ratings – who formed a guard of honour – and officers into the naval family as the guest of honour.
Traditionally, the nine-week transformation from civilian to sailor takes place at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, but with a surge in interest in joining the Navy, an additional course was provided at Dartmouth.
Among the ratings completing training was 24-year-old Engineering Technician (Weapons Engineering) Sarah-Jayne Stoppel from Northampton. “The course has been good, but some parts have been really challenging, particularly the Initial Military Fitness because it’s quite intense.
“Physical exercise in civvy street really doesn’t prepare you for two hours of military exercise, but I can feel that my fitness has massively improved. It’s been exciting to be part of something significant by training here at Britannia.”
Fellow Engineering Technician Lucas Cann from South Wales joined the Royal Navy to travel, gain qualifications and enjoy a better lifestyle. The 18-year-old lost both of his grandfathers while he was in training.
“When I found out my grandads had died I just wanted to leave, but everyone got around me and I’m still here. The staff and the management team of recruits were great. The Navy is really good at handling this type of thing.
“I have made friends for life. I don’t have words to describe how good it feels to complete this course. There was no pressure from the Royal Navy, but as a group we got together and decided that we had to make an impression being the first to train here.”
Of the officers passing out, 98 completed a 29-week initial training programme, while 28 more underwent the transition from ratings. Four nursing officers of the Queen Alexandra Royal Naval Nursing Service, 11 new officers for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service and 28 international cadets from 13 overseas nations also completed their training.
“I’m extremely proud, and grateful to all the people who have been on this journey with me – it’s been a long road to get here, with lots of ups and downs, but I feel more confident, capable and stronger than ever. It’s also an absolute privilege to be passing out alongside the ratings. I think being part of this historic moment is one of the best silver linings we could have hoped for,” said 23-year-old Midshipman Ellie Johnson from Suffolk.
“It’s amazing to think how far we’ve come in eight months, and there have been so many highlights, but my favourite part was definitely being on destroyer HMS Defender. We learned so much at Dartmouth, but it all seemed to come together finally living on board an operational warship.”
Admiral Radakin told the officers and ratings gathered before him:
“This is a historic occasion – and it is historic on two levels. It is of course the first time that we have ever had officers and ratings training together, and passing out together, at Dartmouth. And that is historic in itself. But it is also a historic occasion for each and every one of you. You will always remember this day as the real start of your naval career.
“That applies to all of you on parade, officers and ratings, regardless of your specialisation or which country you come from. You have made a commitment to put yourself in harm’s way. To serve your country. And to do so cheerfully, with determination and in the face of whatever challenges may come. You should all be enormously proud of yourselves.”
Captain Roger Readwin, the Captain of BRNC, bristled with pride at the sight of officers and ratings passing out together.
“It is magnificent to see them all standing side-by-side, as they will at sea in the years to come. Our people are the life blood of the Royal Navy.
“They have all worked hard to meet the stringent standards and thoroughly deserve their place on this historic parade ground. It is also very special to welcome their families and friends on this momentous day, to thank them all for their incredible support during these uncertain times and introduce them all to the Royal Naval family.”
Most of the Officers passing-out began their training in January and over the course of the 29 weeks, they have been tested on Dartmoor, on the River Dart and have spent time at sea on board an operational warship.
Both Britannia Royal Naval College and HMS Raleigh have continued to train throughout the pandemic to provide the front-line Fleet with fresh blood. A further class of ratings will begin training at Dartmouth in October.
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Updated 15th November 2023