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NAVY NEWS, DECEMBER 2007 47
News and information for serving personnel
New deal extends free parcels scheme
SANTA Claus is not in on this parcel of the Deployed Welfare Package.
delivery scheme, but would probably The two organisations are sharing the
be impressed by the opportunity to get cost, and it is expected run for as long as
gifts, messages and home comforts to British forces are deployed there.
loved ones and friends who are on duty The service is available to all personnel
overseas at Christmas. serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and in a Information
And a new deal will also extend the number of Royal Navy ships serving in
free parcel scheme indefinitely for forces support of these theatres.
deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Relatives and friends in the UK
system helps
The annual MOD-funded Christmas may send items only to named Service
freepost scheme for operational theatres personnel or entitled MOD-deployed
was due to end on December 7 – the last civilians at specified BFPO numbers.
save energy
date for posting to guarantee delivery by As Navy News went to press, the
Christmas. eligible BFPO locations included HMS
TEN MOD sites across South-
The scheme has proved very popular, Argyll, HMS Blyth, HMS Campbeltown,
West England are set to improve
with around 100,000 parcels a week HMS Enterprise, HMS Ramsey, RFA
their energy efficiency by up to
sent free of postage to around 14,000 Bayleaf and RFA Sir Bedivere – but the
ten per cent.
frontline personnel in the past few weeks, situation changes as ships arrive and
And if they meet their targets,
providing them with gifts, non-perishable leave theatre.
it could save up to £750,000 a
food items and home comforts. For the latest eligible BFPO addresses,
year, and reduce carbon dioxide
For a list of BFPO numbers and for rules and regulations concerning
emissions by 2,400 tonnes a year.
covered by this scheme, see the BFPO the extended delivery service, see the
Key to the savings is a new
website at www.bfpo.mod.uk/ BFPO website at www.bfpo.mod.
energy information network in the
freepacketservice.htm uk/continuation_of_free_packet_
Plymouth area managed by Debut
Now Royal Mail and the MOD are service.htm
Services Ltd.
to continue the freepost service to All items must be posted via Post
Some 500 pulse meters have
addresses in the Iraq and Afghanistan Office counters, and should not be
been installed in buildings and
● Parcels are delivered to HMS Argyll in the Gulf theatres indefinitely as a permanent part posted in pillar boxes.
facilities at sites occupied by the
RN and Royal Marines, including
Top-class
the most energy-hungry locations,
Silent Service offers
such as messes, workshops and
accommodation blocks.
learning
The meters feed readings every
half hour into the information
system, allowing managers
in Bristol
to monitor usage and identify
opportunities to save energy.
golden opportunity
A central ‘energy bureau’ will set
targets and collect data from all ten
A NEW upgraded classroom sites, allowing best practice to be
has been opened on board HMS promoted and poor performances
Bristol at Whale Island. to be studied in detail.
Although the former destroyer Lessons learned will be put
is part of the HMS Excellent to use in future MOD energy-
base, it is an important element
saving projects as the departments
of the curriculum of the Maritime
A CAREER in the
for those making the grade is a
and Logs CS(D)(SM) branches. flexible measure to assist in meeting
seeks to cut estate carbon dioxide
Warfare School.
Submarine Service is looking
cash bonus of £5,000.
Additionally, volunteers are their manning requirements.
emissions by 15 per cent in the
All Engineering Technicians
particularly attractive at the
Full details can be found in
sought at LH level in the Logs
Currently CBs of £2,750 are
next four years.
(ETs) joining the MWS undergo
training in Bristol, living on board
RNTM 205/07.
moment – especially for a
CS(D)(SM) branch.
paid after five and eight years of
for three days and two nights.
For a limited period an
The ESGH is open until
reckonable service each attracting RNPT tour dates
This time helps them acclimatise
select group. enhanced reward package is September 30 2008 or until the a further one year return of service
DATES and details of the RN
to the rigours of living in a mess
The Service offers
available for a small number of
target group quotas are met,
(RoS).
Presentation Team’s events for the
deck.
opportunities for a career with
transfers from General Service to
whichever is soonest.
RNTM 194/07 announced
coming month are:
In addition to tracing systems a difference.
shortage categories. To take advantage of this
changes to this arrangement for
Tues Dec 4: Nottingham
and ship familiarisation exercises, Professionalism is the hallmark
Those meeting the eligibility opportunity, you must act now –
Able Rates in the submarine
Gateway Hotel, Nuthall Rd,
the trainees have to complete an of this branch, with qualified
criteria of this package will receive see RNTM 179/07 for full details.
Warfare Specialisations (SSM,
Nottingham;
NVQ in ‘Performing Engineering submariners earning the right to
an Enhanced SGH of £7,500, A brief description of
TSM and CISSM), Engineering
Weds Dec 5: Chesterfield
Operations’, the first step in their wear their dolphins – the coveted
payable upon qualifying as a employment within the shortage
Technicians (ETWESM and
Hotel, Malkin St, Chesterfield.
Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship badge of the Silent Service.
submariner. categories will be available
ETMESM).
Anyone wanting to book a place
and to the Foundation Degree Submariners also benefit from The ESGH is open to shortage through the Personnel Support
For these ratings, the current
at a presentation should contact
offered as they develop through a substantial financial reward categories, at the AB level, in the Team Autumn term brief.
CBs are to be combined to pay
the RNPT on 020 8833 8020 or
their Naval Career. package, with additional Specialist submarine Warfare Specialisations Commitment Bonuses
£5,500 at the five-year point with
email rnpt@gtnet.gov.uk
It is essential, therefore, that the Pay (Submarine) and a cash bonus of Sonar (SSM), Tactical Systems (CBs) are paid in return for a
a two-year RoS.
facilities around them – including known as a ‘golden hello’. (TSM) and Communication commitment to serve for a further
For more information on any
intranet and internet access – allow
The current standard Information Systems (CISSM), and specified period.
of the financial packages outlined
It’s your 2-6
for their development.
Submarine Golden Hello (SGH) also ET(WESM), Logs Pers(SM) CBs are used by the Services as a
above, or to gain an insight into
the role of the modern submarine, NEED to get your message
contact WO1(CISSM) C S Mould across to the rest of the RN?
GCGI, Requirements Manager To feature in 2-6 contact Lt Cdr
Warfare Ratings (Submarines) Gregor Birse (Fleet Media Ops),
on 93832 5936 or email colin. 93832 8809 or Lt Cdr Harvey
mould217@mod.uk Burwin (DPR(N)), 9621 85984.
● ET Kevin Turnbull of HMS Lancaster drops in on the Naval Families Federation team
Sound reasons for calling on ‘the Voice’
THE Naval Families Federation have the loudest voice… The NFF attends meetings NFF has a challenge for you.
● Photos of the presentation of the fi rst Naval honours of World War 2
(NFF) is the independent voice of Have you ever had: with organisations who have They are always after an eye-
RN and RM families. Unresolved problems an infl uence on the lives of RN catching cover, and while some marina
Its role is to highlight families’ with Service Families families, such as Defence Estates, ships have risen to the challenge,
Trophy marks bravery
issues or concerns to the chain of Accommodation? Modern Housing Solutions, any proposals for the summer
command and service providers, Trouble finding a dentist after Children’s Education Advisory edition will be considered.marina
ON NOVEMBER 23 1939 a – the display shows all four men
and to work with them and other moving? Service, SSAFA-FH, and the Visitors are always welcome at
German Type A magnetic mine receiving their awards (DSCs for
agencies to develop the support Difficulty securing a school Annington Trust. the NFF, especially from front-marina
was located in the shallow waters the officers, DSMs for the ratings),
they provide to families. place for your child? They have also had a couple line units - it gives the Federation
off Shoeburyness in Essex. plus Lt John Glenny (DSC), who
The NFF aspiration is to A sense of frustration because of meetings with the Shadow the opportunity to tell you at first marina
A team of four – Lt Cdr John dealt with a second Type A mine
improve the quality of life for you can’t get a foot on the housing Defence team, who are keen to hand what resources are available
Ouvry, Lt Cdr Roger Lewis, CPO with Baldwin and Vearncombe at
Naval Service families on any ladder? know about Service family life. to your unit and colleagues.
Charles Baldwin and AB Archibald the same place a few days later.
aspect that is affected by the Absolutely no idea who to You may also be interested to So remember, if you get to a marina Vearncombe – made the mine safe, The trophy is signed by all five
Service lifestyle. contact in an emergency? know that the NFF has direct point when you feel you have and it was subsequently moved to men and the King.
This representation keeps the The multi-tasking role of the access to Second Sea Lord Vice exhausted all other possibilities HMS Vernon for examination.
RN in line with the other Services, NFF’s small team is to ensure that Admiral Adrian Johns, and meets and really don’t know where else On December 19 that year,
ensuring that Naval families’ all the above, and many more areas the Under Secretary of State for to go, give the Federation a try. King George VI visited HMS
differences are acknowledged and of concern that you have spoken Defence on a bi-annual basis. Contact them at Castaway Vernon to present medals to the
understood for tri-Service issues, about over the past four years, are Find out more about the NFF House, 311 Twyford Avenue, four men – the first Naval honours
and also reminds the Army that drawn attention to, acknowledged at its website www.nff.org.uk, Portsmouth PO2 8RN, tel 023 of the war.
although they are the biggest and understood at the highest and in the magazine Homeport. 9265 4374, email admin@nff.org. The RN Trophy Store’s item
Service, they do not necessarily level in the Naval Service. And while on that subject, the uk
number 27251 marks the occasion
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