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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  
Mike Foote  
VICE CHAIRMAN: Brian Bingham  
Michael (Ben) Worship  
Peter Murray  
Terry Lowden - Bob Ridout - Dave Fairley - Gordon Pinkney - 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.

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.

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to the demise of The Airey Fairey Magazine and therefore the demise of the associated cost of it's Printing and Delivery, with effect from the 1st March 2018 your Standing Order for your Subs needs to be reduced to £6 per Year!

Subscriptions: - The Current
Subs for the Daedalus Branch ( and due on the 1st of March annually ) are:-

UK Applicants: - £20.00 (
*£12.00 subs + £3.25 joining fee and £4.25 Lapel Badge); after September £14.00 (*£6.00 subs + 3.25 joining fee and £4.75 lapel Badge).

Overseas Applicants: - £35.00 (
*£16.00 subs + £4.00 joining fee + £10.25 Association Tie and £4.75 Lapel Badge); after September £27.00 (*£8.00 subs + £4.00 joining fee + £10.25 Association Tie and £4.75 Lapel Badge).

BE ADVISED: the cost of FAAA Membership is somewhat in FLUX at this time, please contact the Chairman or the Secretary or the Treasurer for the actual cost of a New FAAA Membership!

Benefits of joining the Fleet Air Arm Association

The Membership Subscription covers:
1. One Year’s Association Membership.
2. Lapel Badge.
3. FAAA's Digital Newsletter.
( inc. Packaging, Postage & Delivery whether by Snail Mail or Digitally. )

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.

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", initial Payment is by Cheque and thereafter by Standing Order - 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 08:16:13 on 24 March 2018

The 2018 FAAA Reunion
is in…….


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."




Postal Ballot for Association Officers and Committee Members

The Postal Ballot Forms have been mailed out and will be with branches soon.

This year we have more volunteers standing for the Committee than there are places.

There are FIVE Members standing for THREE places so you need to be careful when filling in your Branch Votes. This is marked in RED on the form.

Jim Moulson of Solent Branch is standing for Vice Chairman and a resume of his career is attached to this email.

Also attached for information only, is
a copy of the ballot form.

Please ensure that you return the postal form in the enclosed SAE to reach me by 29th March 2018 at the latest.


Peter Murray

Postal Ballot Form for Association Officers and Committee Members APRIL 2018


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


Good Morning All,

Attached is the
Draft Agenda for this year's AGM.

If you would wish to add any item please let me have it by 10th Feb.


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

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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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