Author: Pandy Fruean

ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALKLANDS WAR

On 2 April 2017, it was 35 years since Argentinean soldiers landed on the Falklands Islands, triggering a violent culmination to a territorial dispute between Margaret Thatcher’s Tory government and Argentina’s military junta. The invasion of Port Stanley launched a ten-week war that cost the lives of 655 Argentine troops, 255 British servicemen and three islanders. Sovereignty over th...

Piping the Side

Did you know the custom of ‘Piping the Side’ dates from the days of sail when ship’s Captains were frequently called upon to report onboard their senior officer’s… Flagship at sea to receive or discuss orders?. On those occasions when the sea state was too rough to permit the use of sea gangways, it was customary for a visiting captain to enter and leave his boat by means of a Bosun’s chair ...

HMNZS KIWI now SARASU

“Hey guys. This is the ex HMNZS KIWI now SARASU which I spent a bit of time on her when I was in the RNZNVR. This is Fishing boat harbour, Perth, Western Australia. I was lucky enough to be invited on board for a tour and was completely amazed at the transformation. Brought back a lot of memories from the day.”  

ANZAC DAY PARADE – DEVONPORT NAVAL BASE

The CO HMNZS Ngapona has once again invited ex members of Ngapona to attend the ANZAC Day Parade at the Memorial Wall at the Naval Base. The parade will march off at 0800, followed by the service and light refreshments. There will still be time to attend other parades during the morning. To assist in organising the parade we need an indication of numbers. Last year we had a good muster, let’...

More Members Needed

Our club needs to grow and while it did grow during 2016 we do need an increase in membership to ensure the clubs future. A new member application form is available here and can be emailed or sent to our mail box with the $20.00 or pay by direct credit. WARNING. The secretary is not clairvoyant so after depositing club subs insert your name and the word SUBS in the reference on your deposits. Any ...

Hard Return (or, Fred Wilson goes back to Portsmouth)

In September, I spent six weeks in the UK with two objectives.  One was to do research on my two latest books and the other to attend the 55th anniversary of my year at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. The book stuff relates firstly to a definitive history of HMS New Zealand entitled “The Compleat Sailor’s Guide to HMS New Zealand” and will be printed in December.  The second book, still ...

Navy 75th Commemoration

Mother Nature seemed determined to disrupt the Navy’s long-planned commemoration of 75 years’ service, with weather and earthquakes making their impact felt. But in the end, while some events were affected, the people and ships of our international friends joined the fray to mark the occasion. All but one of the Old Salts planned sailings on the William C Daldy went ahead. The Fleet de...

Something a little different

Stg Arthur Helm OBE. He prior to the War was a Post Office telegraphist working in the South Island. As part of their dress you might note they wore lanyards and their puggaree was a light blue, dark blue, light blue colour around their lemon squeezers. Arthur first gained notoriety with the NZ Divisional Signals in the Middle East by learning to ride a camel, attempting to become the first soldie...

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