New life in the Lynx THE Westland Lynx helicopter equipped with new central tactical system has now been accepted into service at RN air station Portland.
Rockin' Raleigh A FUN weekend was held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of HMS Raleigh, the Royal Navy's newentry training establishment at Torpoint, Cornwall. On September 26 a concert will feature Showadd a y w a d d y , the Gutter Band and Stan Boardman. Tickets are available from HMS Raleigh or the Royal Fleet Club.
M a i n task of 7QOL squadron, t h e Lynx operational flying trials u n i t which commissioned in J u l y , will be to evaluate the aircraft in ser\ice. H a v i n g entered RN service in 1977. ihe I v n \ now operates from most destro>ers and f r i g ales. The C I S has been iic\ eloped by \Vestland helicopters and Racal \ \ i o n i c s as a ke\ component of its mid-hle LI pd Lite Ii is designed in prov ide an automated uiclic.il d i s p l a y , ease the a i r c r e w ' s w o r k l o a d and permit the integration of m a n \ of ilk- cockpit controls i n t o ,1 single control u n i t .
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Congratulations were sent from Nelson's ffagship HMS Victory to the Polaris submarine HMS Repulse on a day which was of special significance for both. On 23 July, 1759 the Victory's keel was laid at Chatham — and on 23 July this year the Repulse returned from the 200th patrol providing the UK's independent nuclear deterrent. Meanwhile the latest Type 23 frigate was just starting her career with a 30 knot burst of speed during contractor's sea trials. She is to be accepted into service early next year.
• Above — HMS Repulse slips home atortg the QareiOCh while (left) RMS Argyll starts out on the Firth of Clyde.
RN ROAD SHOW DATES THIS a u t u m n the four teams \ \ h i d i comprise the Royal Navv Presentation Team w i l l be v i s i t i n g the S o u t h , Hast and N o r t h of E n g l a n d , and Scotland. Two learns w i l l \ i s i l second a r \ schools and sonic societies, w h i l e the team of the (. apt a i n ( ( ' a p t . Peter Cowling) and Commander ( ( ' d r . Nick Harris! w i l l give presentations lo a \ a r i e t v of a u d i e n c e s , i n c l u d i n g eiwc. u n i s e r s i t i e s , i n d u s t r y and s o c i e t i e s , as w e l l as s o m e schools. The presentation consists of a 4 0 - m i n u t e t a l k w i t h film and slides, followed b> questions and discussion. The c i v i c programme is as follows. S»pt«mb«f: 19 Milton Keynes. 26 Herl foid. 21 Northampton and Saffron Walden October: 1 Slowmarket, 4 Grays. 15 Ea ling. 16 Worthing, 22 Maidstone, 23 Northwood, 24 Twickenham. 25 Ashlord November: 1 Kirkcaldy. 5 Helensburg. 12 Dumfries. 14 Elgin. 15 Cnefl. 26 Alnwick. 28 Northallerton ana1 Hartlepool Dacember: 3 Ilkeston. 4 Barnsley. 12 Loughboroiigh. 13 Boslon Requests lor further details and tickets should go lo Team Stall Officer. RN Presentation Team. Room 2120. St CtinstO' phei House Southwark Street, London SE1 OTD Tel 071 921 2056 Fax 071 921 1356
Air day crowds maaai Mickey's duty looking up to the tot
AIR Da\ at HMS Daedalus, Lee-on-Solent prcncd as popular as e v e r and thousands e n j o y e d the e x c i t i n g show as !hc t e m p e r a t u r e s soared i n t o the 3(Vs. b\ A s t r o n B u i l d i n g S y s t e m s The Mlth anniversary of the and erected in jusl 14 weeks, B a i l i e of B r i t a i n was honoured was funded b\ t h e Fleet Air b\ a fK-past by aircraft of t h c Ami M u s e u m w i l l ) d o n a t i o n s R - K F Memorial Flight. from local businesses and ilie I he Red D e \ i l s parachute R o v u l N a \ > . I t w i l l b e open team dropped i n to signal t h e starl of t h e f h m g d i s p l a y and one of the highlights was a spectacular performance h> the Royal N a v v helicopter d i s p l a y team. The Sharks. Proceeds from the dav - expeeled to top lasl year's total of £ 1 7 . S | ] — w i l l be d i s l n b u l e d lo a l u n g e of n a \ a l c h a r i t i e s . T H O U S A N D S of people B u l l d o g a i re r a ft Ho w n b y turned up at the Helensburgh ! members of the l n i v e r s i t \ of Pier car park to see I h e Princess Wales "Red Dragons" SquadR o \ n l open t h i s sear's Faslane ron also took part i n the air Fair. show. The Princess was presented • \ isitors t o t h e R N a i r w i t h a basket of Mowers b\ I !s t a t i o n C u i d rose c a n n o w year-old Van Speirs. a local watch tilt.' busy w h i r l of a c t i v i t y schoolgirl who won the Fasiane there from the comfort of ;i Fair Poster competition, and n e w . purpose-built centre, comalso received a s i l v e r submap r i s i n g c a f e t e r i a , coffee bar. r i n e from I j e u l . A n d > Ross s o u v e n i r shop and \ iew ing KM. gallery. Anchored off ihe pier, ihe With o \ c r 40.000 spectators l.earider Class frigate HMS Clecoming to the old v i e w i n g enopatra provided an excellent closure last \ e a r it was v i l a l to backdrop to s t a l l s and off-shore prOMde i m p r o v e d f a c i l i t i e s . and arena e v e n t s which raised The new complex, designed over £12.000 for charilv.
Fair raises £12,000
TO mark the 20th anniversary of t h e d e m i s e of the tot, members of HMS Dolphin Wardroom held a special "Up Spirits" onboard the First Submarine Squadron tender, Tary — with former Warrant Engineer Mickey Budd (76) who joined the Navy in 1928 as an Engine Room Artificer Apprentice and now works as an archivist in ihe Royal Navy Submarine Museum, as Rum Bosun
for the day.
D D D THE Rolls-Royce Efficiency Award for 1989 was won by 706 Naval Air Squadron in recognition of the high standards of engineering practised by the squadron. O D D OFFICERS and ratings from the RN air station Culdrose marched through the streets of Helston to commemorate the granting of ihc Freedom of the Borough to HMS Seahawk in
A GCSE "Sports Action Pack," sponsored by the Royal Navy and the governing bodies of a number of key sports, is being sent out to 4,000 schools. Squash, basketball and gymnastics are covered in a series of teaching aids produced by Marketing Matters, a leading educational resources company.
ROYAL Navy and Army recovery teams helped test the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway's emergency procedures when they were given the task of righting an overturned shunting locomotive, a three hour job in the sweltering heat. O D D
TWO teams from HMS Collingwood won awards in the Ten Tors Challenge expedition over Dartmoor.
PREPARATIONS are now under way for the seventh annual Royal Naval Salon Culinaire to be held at HMS Nelson, Portsmouth, in November, exhibiting the skills of cooks, stewards and caterers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines as well as those of associated contract catering staff. O D D A US M a r i n e Corps AV8A Harrier jump jet has gone on display in Ycovilton at the Fleet Air Arm Museum's new VSTOL exhibition, opened by Princess Alexandra. Other exhibits include the "Flying Bed-
stead," an expcrimcnlal aircraft used lo develop today's vertical take-off jet fighters like the Sea Harrier.
WRENS at HMS Dolphin had the chance to discuss their future role at sea with Director WRNS, Commandant Anthea Larkin, when she visited the submarine base in Qosport. D D D ADMIRAL Sir Julian Oswald. the First Sea Lord, visited HMS Centurion, the R o y a l Navy Pay and Drafting Centre, to see Ihe scope of work carried out in the Gosport establishment, including the computerassisted ratings drafting systems and the processing of naval pay and pensions.
MEMBERS of the Seahawk Sub-aqua Club from RN air station Culdrose spent two weeks exploring the reefs and wrecks around Gibraltar and found a Roman stone anchor and a large flooded cave deep inside the Rock.