The Must Have Device

Don’t trust the cloud? Worry about computers crashing? Losing thousands of priceless photos overnight is a common problem.

You probably store a lot of videos and photos on your PC and you probably intend to back them up, but you just haven’t done it yet. Back up is hard to do, it’s too expensive and for sure it takes too long.

Storing your photos and videos in the Cloud also have risks. You might be locked out of your account, being hacked by someone who deletes all your stuff, and by your account being closed if you don’t pay any charges required. They are also expensive if you need a lot of storage.  This site is not endorsing this product and if wish to learn more click on this link HERE.   Thanks John B for the article.


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US Navy Gets Funds for 13 New Vessels

US Navy gets funds for 13 new vessels under

2019 defense bill

zoomPresident Donald J. Trump signs the $717 billion Fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act at a ceremony. Photo: US Army

US president Donald J. Trump has signed a $717 billion National Defense Authorization Act under which the US Navy would get funds for a total of 13 new vessels.

Signed by the president at a ceremony at Fort Drum, New York, August 13, the NDAA includes funds for three littoral combat ships, a fourth Ford-class aircraft carrier, a Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine, and six icebreakers.

“With this new authorization, we will increase the size and strength of our military by adding thousands of new recruits to active duty, Reserve and National Guard units, including 4,000 new active duty soldiers,” Trump told members of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division and their families. “And we will replace aging tanks, aging planes and ships with the most advanced and lethal technology ever developed. And hopefully, we’ll be so strong, we’ll never have to use it, but if we ever did, nobody has a chance.”

The act – named for Arizona Sen. John S. McCain – does not fund the military. Rather, it authorizes the policies under which funding will be set by the appropriations committees and then voted on by Congress. That bill is still under consideration.

In addition to new ships, the act authorizes a 2.6 percent military pay raise and increases the active duty forces by 15,600 service members. It sets active duty end strength for the Army at 487,500 in fiscal 2019, which begins Oct. 1, 2018. The Navy’s end strength is set at 335,400, the Marine Corps’ at 186,100 and the Air Force’s at 329,100.

On the acquisition side, the act funds 77 F-35 joint strike fighters at $7.6 billion. Also included are 24 F/A-18 Super Hornets, 10 P-8A Poseidons, two KC-130J Hercules, 25 AH-1Z Cobras, seven MV-22/CMV-22B Ospreys and three MQ-4 Tritons.

Thanks Nick C for the article

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Jack Passings – August 2018

The following Sailors ‘Crossed the Bar’ during the month of August 2018. Details of funerals etc can be found by clicking HERE.

ODELL, David Arthur.  Articifer Shipwright
SIMPSON, Alfred Alexander (Alf). Seaman
UNDERWOOD, Alan Kenneth. Seaman Gunner

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The following was tabled at at the RNZNA Papanui monthly meeting which was held 7 Aug 18.A proposed reunion of all naval personnel who have taken part in “Operation Deep Freeze” and Southern Ocean to be held at the Rangiora RSA over Queens Birthday 2019. Target audience are crews from supply ships Endeavours 1 & 2, Loch Class Frigates, Pukaki and Rotoiti, OPVs Wellington and Otago, the ANZAC Frigate Te Kaha and those on Otago (F111) which relieved Pukaki 1964 and Taranaki’s MedvacMay/June 1966. The intent is to gather old hands and those still serving, that have seen icebergs and rough seas under one roof.


Expressions of interest to:

Bill Lochrie – 021 040 3511 email or
Peter Stent – 021 624 559 email

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Jack Passings – July 2018

The following Sailors ‘Crossed the Bar’ during the month of July 2018. Details of funerals etc can be found by clicking HERE.

WILLIAMS, Jacqueline Margaret (Jacqui) (nee Godsmark) POWREN Signals
COLLINS, David Carden (Dave).
BREITMEYER John Maxwell (Jack) MN

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The three images below have some people stumped as to what it is and what this equipment was used for.  Can you help?  There is a thought that it is a naval piece of equipment.

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To all matelots past and present, who have served under any of the White Ensigns.  The President and Quarterdeck Divisions of the Te Atatu Memorial RSA are again hosting a Luncheon on Friday 19th October 2018 to celebrate in true Navy fashion the 213th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and you are all invited to attend.  Captain Andy Watts ONZM, RNZN is the guest speaker.  Please click HERE for further details and registration.

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