RNZN Communicators Association 50th Anniversary

Some 12 months after initial discussions and meetings began, on the 6 October 1967 the first formal elections of officials took place and the Naval & Ex Naval Communicators Association (now the RNZN Communicators Association) was inaugurated.

It is fitting then that we celebrate our Association’s 50 years and accordingly your Executive has much pleasure in inviting you and your partner, wife, significant other to the celebration.

What: RNZN Communicators Association 50th Anniversary Cocktail Party
When: Friday 6 October 2017 {50 years to the day of our inauguration}
Where: National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy
Torpedo Bay, Devonport, Auckland
Time: 1800 – 2000
Who: Financial members and partners
Dress: Formal – Jacket, Tie with medals
Serving Communicators – appropriate service dress

Our guest speaker will be Commodore Jim Gilmour, RNZN Maritime Component Commander and an ex Communicator.

The formal celebrations will be completed in plenty of time for you to join shipmates in ongoing comradery in Devonport or somewhere around the city of Auckland.

To commemorate the 50 year celebration, your Association is having a 50th Anniversary polo shirt produced. These are able to be ordered now will be mailed to you in September 2017. Please click HERE to view the example of the Anniversary Polo shirt and HERE for the colours available. It is not intended the Association will hold stocks of the polo shirts for future sale or have them on sale at the 6 October event.

There will be no ‘door’ sales at the event and attendance is limited to 150. To register and order your Anniversary Polo Shirt, please click HERE to complete the Registration form. You will then need to submit payment to the Association account. Once received we will confirm your attendance.

If you are unable to attend the celebrations and would still like a shirt,  complete the registration form and place your order for your shirt adding postage within NZ ($5.00) or to Australia ($9.00).  If you require the shirt to be posted elsewhere in the world, contact Frank direct and he will establish the cost for you.

Registrations close 1 October 2017 or when maximum numbers are reached.
We look forward to celebrating this important milestone with you and invite you to register now.

Yours Aye
Rod Berry

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Registration for the next Reunion of the RNZN Communicators Association is now OPEN. The reunion is open to all serving and ex serving members of the Communications Branch. Personnel who served or are still serving in the Electronic Warfare and Communications Analyst trades are also eligible to attend the reunion.

The Reunion will be held at the Wairakei Resort in TAUPO over the period 16 – 18 March 2018.  So click the button now and ensure you are registered.  Your committee has gone to great lengths to keep the price of this reunion in line with previous reunions.

Information on the reunion can be viewed on the associations blog at rnzncomms.org and by selecting REUNION 2018 from the main menu.

Early Bird Registrations will be open until 30 November 2017.  So take the opportunity to register now and save some money.  A challenge to all Communicators who live in Australia – its time to come home and catch up with your shipmates and family.  Take the opportunity to attend the reunion and then catch up with those you have not seen for ages.

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Thank You Australia

Here is a copy of a newspaper which was published by Paul Beadle in 1945. Click HERE to read on.  Thanks Jim B for the paper

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Sparker Crosses the Bar

It is with sadness that I report that Chief Radio Supervisor John Snow crossed the bar after a short illness, on 23 May 2017, aged 87 years. Loved husband of Pat. Father of Jo  and Paul. Grandfather of 3 and Great- Grandfather of 9. No flowers please. Communications to: Jo 021-028-84515.

A funeral to celebrate John’s life will be held at The Chapel in the Lady Allum Rest Home 20 Napoleon Avenue, Milford, Auckland at 1100 on Saturday 28th May.  The family would really appreciate any communicators who can attend.

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Jack Passings – May 2017

The following Sailors ‘Crossed the Bar’ during the month of May 2017. Details of funerals etc can be found by clicking HERE.

SNOW, John Graham CRD
LEAR, Robert Campbell Chief ERA
MUIR, Robin (Robbie) Communicator
BOLLINGTON Barry Alan Edwin
PATON, Duncan John Edward RNZNVR
DOUGLAS, David Lindesay. Commander
TOWERS, William Hinton (Bill) CPO RP
WAIDE, Roy William Broderick CPO Stoker

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Who Remembers VAMPIRE

Here is a link to a recent trip undetaken to the Maritime Museum in Sydney.  Take it easy sparks, lots of B40’s in this Bridge Wireless Office.  Click HERE


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A Bear in Full Flight

Believe this image was taken on Otago. Not sure who this is, but watch out he is coming to get you.  Thanks Richard C for the image.

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A Day in the Sun

Here is Health and Safety at its best.  Sunburn and of course can’t see many safety harnesses.  Are you in the picture?  Thanks Richard C for the image.

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