How Many Sailors Lived Here – None

Well a number of you might have lived at RNZAF Shelly Bay at some time during your naval career.  It was originally a naval facility being commissioned as HMNZS COOK during WWII.  It was then handed over to the Air Force who renamed it RNZAF SHELLY BAY.  It was finally returned to the Wellington City Council when the NZ Defence Force had no further use of it.  Here is an artist impression of what the waterfront development might look like in the future.  Click on image to enlarge.  Thanks John B for the article.

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Two questions have arisen with regard HMNZS LACHLAN.  The image below shows her flying a decommissioning pennant and her callsign.

1, How is a decomissioning pennant measured?

2. What was LACHLAN’s international visual callsign?

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UK Veterans Retain their ID

UK Veterans are now able to retain their ID Card allowing easier access to Services.  Click HERE to read more.

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RN Communicators

Here is a LINK to a great website which has loads of history about RN Communicators.  This is certainly worth a look and for those of you who either served or undertook courses in the UK I am sure it will bring back memories.  Thanks to Richard J for the link.

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Branch Badges of the RNZN

Click HERE to view some new branch badges of the RNZN.  I note that even Jack Dusties are now SPECIALISTS.  I have never known an OD to be a specialist at anything but they must be now.

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Communicator Crossed the Bar – Update

It is with regret that I advise that David Ernie Dorset MBE ex RNZN Signalman WW2 and WO NZ Army Vietnam Vet, father of Neill Dorset passed away this morning suddenly at the age of 96years at Seaview Rest Home, Picton.

David joined the Signals branch back at the start of WW2 serving mainly in the Pacific and NZ regions during the war before leaving the Navy in 1945 and taking up an apprenticeship as a carpenter.  He joined the NZ Army in 1952 in the Royal NZ Engineers Corp, rising to the rank of Warrant Officer. He was sent to Vietnam in 1968-69 acting as Clerk of the Works for the NZ Army and worked out of Vung Tau and Nui Dat.

He  was attached to the Australian HQ whilst there and for his services was awarded the MBE in 1970. Funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised but he is survived by his three sons – Neill ( Australia), Wayne (Australia) and Barry (Picton).

Any messages can be sent to  or to Neill & Lynne Dorset, c/- 41 Garfield Street, Narrogin, WA 6312.

David’s funeral has been set down for Tuesday 5th June at 11am at Sowmans Funeral Services,  Cnr Hutcheson & Parker Streets, Blenheim 7201, followed by drinks-tea, coffee etc, at the Picton RSA at 1pm.  If you wish to contact Neill his New Zealand number is 021 08365092 or you can also contact him via his sister-in-law Kaye on 03 577-7534.

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Annual General Meeting

The next Anngual General Meeting for the RNZN Communicators Assn will be held at the Birkenhead RSA on 29 September 2018 commencing at 1100.  Items for the Agenda or remits are to be forwarded to the Secretary, John Titmus email by 15 August 2018.  This will allow sufficient time for items to be circulated amongst members.

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