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The Fleet Air Arm Association's
Officers, Committee Members and E
x Officio Members  
PATRON: Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns KCB. CBE. ADC.  
Rear Admiral Tom Cunningham CBE.  
R. Golightly and F. Wadley  
Rear Admiral Keith E Blount OBE  
Brian Bingham  
Michael (Ben) Worship  
Peter Murray  
Terry Lowden - Bob Ridout - Dave Fairley - Mike Foote - Alan Key  
Ray “Happy” Day  

The Aims of the Fleet Air Arm Association are: To assist members in matters relating to welfare. To maintain a close relationship with the Service and to inform the general public of the past traditions and present function of the Fleet Air Arm.

In 1985 three branches, Birmingham, Hanworth and Gosport, met and agreed to form a National Fleet Air Arm Association. The Association now has eighteen branches and a membership of just under a thousand. Branches cover an area from Yorkshire (Leeds) in the North to the Solent (Lee on Solent) in the South, from Great Yarmouth in the East to Bristol and District in the West.

Today, branches support the Fleet Air Arm Memorial Church, the Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Fly Navy Heritage Trust and the Royal Navy Historic Flight at RNAS Yeovilton. The Association was actively involved with raising funds for a Fleet Air Arm Memorials, sited on the Embankment in London, and the National Arboretum, Staffordshire.

FAAA Membership

Membership is open to all serving and ex-serving ranks who served without dishonour in a recognised Fleet Air Arm Trade for a minimum of six months.

Full and Associate Membership is available from
Any of the FAAA's Branches.

If you do not have a Local FAAA Branch, you can get a Full UK or Full Overseas Membership by Joining our "Daedalus (HQ) Branch":

Daedalus Branch UK Member Applicants: - Joining Fee £15.00 which includes a Lapel Badge and first year's capitation.

Daedalus Branch Overseas Member Applicants: - Joining Fee £30 which includes a Lapel Badge, an Association Tie and first year's capitation.

The Capitation Fee for ALL Members will be £5.

Benefits of joining the Fleet Air Arm Association
The Membership Subscription covers:
1. One Year’s Association Membership.
2. Lapel Badge.
3. The FAAA's Newsletter.
( inc. All Packaging, Postage & Delivery. )

Further items can be purchased, a full list will be forwarded with your initial membership pack.
Future developments include a Membership Booklet giving service details and service history.

Initial Application Payment is paid by Cheque or Postal Order and made Payable to the "FLEET AIR ARM ASSOCIATION" and
mailed to the FAAA Treasurer, thereafter Annually via a Standing Order/Direct Debit/Bank Transfer - TO JOIN, CONTACT THE… Membership Secretary or the Daedalus Branch Secretary

07/01/2018 “Latest Revised Association Constitution”

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The Latest Fleet Air Arm News at 05:39:29 on 24 April 2018

Information on FAAA Reunions
The 2019 AGM/Reunion!……
will be on the weekend of the 5th to the 8th of April 2019 at the
Best Western Royale Hotel, Bournemouth.

Report from the 2018 FAAA Reunion in Kettering (Jenny & Peter Murray)
2018 Reunion Photo Uploader
2018 Reunion Photo Gallery


the Ringtail
The Ringtail
HMS Ringtail

1771 squadron HMS Ringtail

Lawrence Critchley and Mike Dawson who are both part of the Images of Burscough and Surrounding Areas' group have produced a booklet relating to the former Royal Naval Air Station at Burscough 1943/1946, its title being 'Ringtail to Retail'.

The booklet gives an insight into the history of HMS Ringtail, and tells the story of the monument that was dedicated to those who served at the World War Two Air Station. Prior to the monuments dedication back in 2004 these was then no recognition of its role of HMS Ringtail.

An ever expanding industrial estate meant that what remained, for example some hangars would eventually disappear, the control tower sadly was demolished in 2004.

In recent years the monument was moved to its present location in a new memorial garden with the addition of a unique life size sculpture of a Naval Air Man. Ringtail Retail Park takes its name after the air station and Booths Supermarket has been designed to resemble a WW2 Hanger, now HMS Ringtail is one of the most researched Naval Air Stations in the country and now an important addition to the war time history of Lancashire.

The Booklet also has a number of stories from those who served at Burscough along with a selection of old photographs.

The Ringtail - Retail Booklet costs £6 and is available to buy directly from Michael Dawson either by phone on 01704 894097 (evenings/weekends), or if you prefer it to be posted out, please send a cheque for £8 (includes postage) to Michael Dawson, 54 The Quays, Burscough, L40 5TW.

Images of Burscough and Surrounding Areas is a non profit making history and heritage group and any funds raised from sales of the booklet help towards the running of the group and its web site which has a dedicated section on HMS Ringtail www.hms-ringtail.org.uk

"From a flying point of view we certainly appreciated the geography of Burscough. Once after coming back from an exercise, over the Irish Sea the weather clamped down.

The dear old Blackpool Tower was a welcome sight as we approached through the clouds of driving rain. Ours was the last aircraft to come in and fly overland, the ceiling dropped and I was flat out for Burscough, reasonably confident there were no nasty obstructions ahead. Suddenly I swooped over a lady struggling to bring in her washing off the clothes line., I was that low I could have helped her."

"On another occasion the squadron was down for a night flying exercise, not everyone's idea of fun. Bits of fog were drifting about and the C.O. was with the pilots in the control tower considering the prospect of worsening conditions. He sent me up to check things out and somehow my radio was not working so he was not too pleased when I got back so quickly. I did however report that there was a fog bank to the south and would likely encompass our area. He called off the exercise with a look of suspicion at me. It was not long before the air crews shot off to spend a happy evening at the Red Lion under a cloudless sky.

I received lots of congratulations from the boys on that one."




Good Morning All,

thought you might be interested in this snippet.

Pete Westbrook Solent FAAA Branch Secretary.

"The new Royal Marines Museum will open at the heart of naval heritage in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, alongside HMS Victory, in early 2020. The project is called SeaMore and will provide a completely modern, state of the art museum, with the latest technology and lots of hands-on activities.

It will tell the Corps' story to the 750,000 visitors a year to the Historic Dockyard - a unique tale of daring, duty and sacrifice that is an important part of the history of our nation".

More Information……..


Good Day Everyone,

Please See:
Minutes of the Meeting and Quarterly Accounts for the 20th January 2018.

The minutes were taken on my behalf by Mick Wyatt the Daedalus Branch Secretary, cheers for that Mick.


Peter Murray



Attached is a letter I received from the Not Forgotten Association regarding the Association's Annual Garden Party which is self-explanatory.

There are terms outlined in the letter:

1. We only nominate veterans who have not attended their Garden or Christmas Parties during 2017, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

2. Anyone who cannot attend without an escort will be able to nominate one person as their escort

If you have anyone who would like to attend please let me have the following details including if applicable their escort.:

Full Name, Address and Telephone Number

These details must be exactly as they appear on photographic identity eg Passport or driving licence

The returns to this invitation have to be with the Not Forgotten Association by no later than Friday 30th March

Please ensure you forward all the required details TO ME – peter.murray1@btinternet.com or 60 The Avenue, Hatch End, Pinner, Middx HA5 4HA of any Members who wish to attend, and Escorts if applicable, in good time for me to compile the list of applicants, say middle of March.

If your Branch is Kent, Southdowns or Daedalus then please make your application to them directly, as I understand from the NFA that they have previously arranged to receive a ticket allocation directly.

Thank you

Peter Murray
National Secretary FAAA


We are approaching the cut off deadline towards the end of March.

If you have anybody you would like to nominate to receive an invitation, please can you send the details at your earliest convenient, so that I can process and forward to the Events Organiser.

I will need

Guest's Name, Address and Telephone Number. This information should be the same as appears on the Passport or Driving Licence. Also if the applicant is an "Escort", please indicate.

Thank You for your co-operation. Look forward to hearing from you, if applicable.

Kind Regards
Peter Murray
National Secretary FAAA


Eastchurch Aviation Pioneer Observance


The Isle of Sheppey was the birthplace of aviation in the UK. By 1911 the first Naval Aviators began training on a site near Eastchurch which then become the first Naval Air Station.

The 2018 Observance is being held Friday 18th May 1200hrs at the Memorial in Eastchurch. Further information can be obtained from the Clerk to Eastchurch Parish Council (Fiona Jackson)
eastchurchparishcouncil@hotmail.com or Phone/Fax 01795 880790


Minutes of the 29th Meeting of the Fly Navy Federation


Vacancy - John Cornwell VC National Memorial Almshouse

The Trustees of the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust invite applications to become a resident of the John Cornwell VC National Memorial Almshouse.

Eligibility is open to all needy disabled and/or infirm former sailors and Royal Marines up to and including the rate or rank of Warrant Officer, and their families. The almshouse facilities are not suitable for residents with a severe disability due to the design and construction of the buildings, which consists of a community of six cottage homes in Hornchurch, Essex.

The accommodation is spread over ground and first floor and consists of lounge, dining room, kitchen, two bathrooms (one on each floor) and two bedrooms. There is full central heating, double-glazing and a small garden to rear. The accommodation is carpeted throughout but unfurnished. Residents are subject to a Weekly Maintenance Charge of £99.23 (reviewed annually) plus utilities.

For more details and an Application Form please contact:

Debra Swain, Head of Administration
The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust
Pembroke House
11 Oxford Road

Tel: 01634-852431 Email:

The deadline for applications is 23rd April 2018

The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust
Head Office: Castaway House, 311 Twyford Avenue Portsmouth PO1 2PD
Registered Charity No: 206243


The Fleet Air Arm Memorial Service (formerly, the Telegraphist Air Gunners Association Memorial Service).

Will be held on Sunday the 20th May 2018 at the Fleet Air Arm Memorial at Lee on the Solent starting at 1130, it is hoped that we will be able to close the road, if not the service will be held in St Faith's Church, Lee on the Solent, timing will be the same.

There is a three course lunch afterwards in the Lee on the Solent Golf Club costing £17 per person, any one wishing to attend the lunch should contact me before 29/04/18.

The Daedalus site is currently undergoing a lot of building and road changes, but we are hoping to be able to divert traffic through the site, but there is no confirmation, as yet, that we will be able to do this.

Arnold Thompson
Membership Secretary
Fleet Air Arm Association


My name is Stuart Wakefield and I am a Member of the Association's Ferndown Branch.

I am carrying out academic research into the history of 848 Squadron for a PhD.

848 was the Fleet Air Arm's first operational helicopter unit, and it was disembarked for four years in Malaya carrying out operations in support of the security forces during the Emergency.

I am very keen to make contact with any FAAA Member who served on 848 Squadron during this period and who would be able to provide me with feedback relating to their experiences.

I can be contacted at either
esende@btinternet.com or on 01305 759180.

Many thanks, Stuart

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Fleet Air Arm Activities and Awards


Before the 'Awards of the Day' were presented at RNAS Culdrose, by the Head of the Fleet Air Arm (and the HON. VICE PRESIDENT of the FAAA),
Rear Admiral Keith Blount OBE there was an 'inspection' of the Sailors present for the occasion. The RNAS Culdrose band was also there to provide music for the occasion.

Admiral Blount said:

"It is a real thrill to be back at (RNAS) Culdrose.......... it feels as if I have come home to the place where my career in aviation started. I offer my sincere congratulations to each and every award winner - each one is very deserving. 2017 has been an incredible year for the Royal Navy and the Fleet Air Arm. .......

............ You should all be incredibly proud of what you have achieved this year, from on-going operations in the Gulf, to 849 continuing to achieve in the Middle East. You should reflect on your achievements with pride; from your contribution to: help flood victims in Coverack, providing disaster relief in the Caribbean, and what was achieved during Exercise Kernow Flag in advancing our understanding of how we will operate the Merlin helicopter on board the new aircraft carriers." ................................. You are the men and women of Fleet Air Arm - we are the finest maritime Air Arm anywhere in the world. Be proud of yourselves and each other."

© MOD -
Submitted by The FAAA Editor

Air Events - 2018

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Allied Air Forces Memorial Day – Sunday 2nd September 2018

Dear Service Association Branch Secretary,

Please find attached invitation letter and booking form (
FAAA Members Contact the FAAA Secretary) for participation in the 2018 Allied Air Forces Memorial Day.

This year, we will of course be proudly marking the Centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force and Women's Royal Air Force, in addition to the Centenary of the Armistice and the end of World War I, so we are anticipating greater attendance at this poignant international ceremony than ever.

May we also take this opportunity to extend our very Best Wishes for a Happy and Successful 2018 to all of you.

Warm Regards,

Ian Richardson

Communications Manager

01904 608595

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