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 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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Northern Luncheon

Margaret Mitchell from the WRNZNS Association advises that the next Northern Navy Luncheon will be held at the Waitangi Yacht Club, next Sunday, 30th April.  If you wish to attend please contact Margaret on 09) 8382931 or 027) 6044571.  Timing of the lunch is 1200 for 1230 and cost $25 per head for a great menu, camaraderie and a wonderful venue.

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Collectables – Communicators Coin

The Communications Warfare Specialist Branch Coin is now available. Attached is an explanation of the whakatauki, the price and who to order it from. The visual depiction of the Coin looks better in real life by the way. The coin was designed by Petty Officer Stacey Reedy and her design was selected from a number of other submitted designs by communicators.

The producer of the coin would prefer a bulk order of 100 coins and the CWS Branch are currently considering when they might place the next order.  If anyone would like a coin for their collection, please email me direct and I will collate your order and advise the CWS Branch Coordinator to include the requirement in the bulk buy.  Payment and delivery of the coins will be advised when the order is placed.


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This is certainly a show of Strength

Here is a utube video of the North Korea Military Parade held recently. Click HERE to view.   Thanks John B for the link.

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Here is an image of the attendees at the recent HMNZS OTAGO Reunion held in March 2017.  Click on image to enlarge.

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Reunion Communicators

Here is a group of communicators who recently gathered at the HMNZS OTAGO and All Ships Reunion held in Wellington in March 2017.

Rear L – R  Chris Farrow, Neill (Robby) Robinson, Don McMurray, Bob Ohlson
Front L – R  Matty O’Neill, Jim Blackburn, Frank Rands, Mike Catlow,  Yvonne Ohlson

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Time Out for Warrants

Here is an image of three young at heart matelots who obviously took time out from their busy day to have a beer.  The three Warrant Officer Radio Supervisors from left to right are Gary Rzepecky, Chris Bond and Jim Dell.  You guys have not aged just worn a bit.

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This is HMNZS ROTOITI crew in 1983.  Who is the Leading Sparker on the left of the image.  He certainly looks like he doesn’t want to be there.  Possibly has just missed a Sked.  Click on image to enlarge.

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