HMS Flying Fox

HMS Flying Fox HMS Flying Fox is the West of England's Royal Naval Reserve Unit. Entry is open to men and women aged 16-42 (56 if ex-RN.) http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk
Could you balance the demands of your job and family as well as a vital military role? You could be the type of person we’re looking for. To discover the unique way of life in the Royal Naval Reserve and the options that it can offer you visit our information evenings on every 4th Thursday, visit our website or call (information below).
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Based in Bedminster, South Bristol, HMS Flying Fox is home to around 100 naval reservists from the west of England. We share our facilities with the Naval Regional Headquarters for Bristol and the West of England. http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/brochures/royal-navy-reserves/ranks-and-roles

Mission: Training Navy reservists on Thursday evenings in Bristol, HMS Flying Fox serves Avon, Dorset, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Recruitment information evenings are generally held on the 4th Thursday of every month. Call the unit for more information on 0117 966 8667.

Operating as usual

Ian Campbell Photography
16/08/2020

Ian Campbell Photography

A few pictures from the Stoke Gifford VJ Day service. Copyright to Ian Campbell Photography.

39th Signal Regiment - The Skinners
HMS Flying Fox
Royal British Legion: Stoke Gifford Branch
City of Bristol RAF Association

#VJDay75
#VJDay

For our final post today: #OTD 75 years ago, Leading Seaman Alfred Dennis enjoyed a Victory cigar.He is indicating his a...
15/08/2020

For our final post today: #OTD 75 years ago, Leading Seaman Alfred Dennis enjoyed a Victory cigar.

He is indicating his approval not onlywith the cigar but with the occasion, onboard HMS SHAH on the day the Japanese capitulated.

#VJDay75 #wholeforce

Credit: Imperial War Museum London IWM - A 30203

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Ever wondered what a Flying Fox (a bat) looks like?AB Arthur Marsh (2nd from left), who featured in our previous post, i...
15/08/2020

Ever wondered what a Flying Fox (a bat) looks like?

AB Arthur Marsh (2nd from left), who featured in our previous post, is showing one off with his shipmates before WWII.

They all look very pleased with themselves!

Read his story: https://t.co/T2YH97Y5QN

#VJDay75 #onenavy

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AB Arthur Marsh was a #Reservist in our Unit, served onboard HMS EXETER in WWII but captured and held as a Japanese POW....
15/08/2020

AB Arthur Marsh was a #Reservist in our Unit, served onboard HMS EXETER in WWII but captured and held as a Japanese POW.

Read his story: https://bit.ly/2Y62SAp

AB Marsh's Son and Grandaughter are below with AB Wood after the Wreath Laying Ceremony in Shepton Mallet.

#VJDay75 #wholeforce

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Stoke Gifford Journal
15/08/2020

Stoke Gifford Journal

Ceremony at the Stoke Gifford cenotaph this morning to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day (the end of World War 2). #VJDAY75

Royal British Legion: Stoke Gifford Branch

#JournalPhoto #InOurCommunity

Staple Hill & District Royal British Legion
15/08/2020

Staple Hill & District Royal British Legion

We would like to thank everyone who joined us virtually for our VJ Day 75 Service of remembrance. You can watch both Staple Hill and Magotsfield services here - www.staplehillrbl.org.uk

Sub Lieutenant Nicholas Warde and AB Ben Skone joined the Mayor of Weston-super-Mare today, to lay a Wreath to commemora...
15/08/2020

Sub Lieutenant Nicholas Warde and AB Ben Skone joined the Mayor of Weston-super-Mare today, to lay a Wreath to commemorate #VJDay75.

#LestWeForget #inthistogether

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Our Executive Officer (XO) who is second in command of our Unit, attended a Wreath Laying Ceremony in the historic city ...
15/08/2020

Our Executive Officer (XO) who is second in command of our Unit, attended a Wreath Laying Ceremony in the historic city of Gloucester today.

Lt Cdr Steven Yates laid a Wreath to commemorate #VJDay75.

#LestWeForget #inthistogether

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15/08/2020
#VJDay75

Earlier this week, Lt Cdr Henry Watts attended a Flag Raising Ceremony with the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, High Sheriff of Bristol and the Lord Mayor of Bristol - to commemorate #VJDay75.

#LestWeForget #inthistogether

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Royal British Legion Gloucester City
15/08/2020

Royal British Legion Gloucester City

A short but poignant ceremony was held at the Gloucester War Memorial to commemorate VJ Day, remembering all those who lost their lives and those who suffered so dreadfully long after the war had ended in Europe. The Sheriff and Deputy Mayor of Gloucester City, Councillor Jan Lugg introduced the service and laid a wreath followed by the RN, RBL, RBL WS and Mrs Eileen Parker. You may notice the camera crew (from BBC Points West), there may be some footage shown later today including some interviews carried out after the ceremony. Afterwards a number of those attending retired to the SOGM for coffee and a natter. Thank you to all who attended and for your efforts in maintaining social distancing. Mark, Chairman.

John Osman - 646th Mayor of Wells
15/08/2020

John Osman - 646th Mayor of Wells

Today the Town Crier and I commemorated Victory against Japan Day at the Bishops Palace. We paid tribute to those who served and passed in all wars and our hopes for future peace.

Able Seaman William Wood laid a wreath in Shepton Mallet for #VJDay75.Leading Airman (LA) Andy Ransom, who serves with t...
15/08/2020

Able Seaman William Wood laid a wreath in Shepton Mallet for #VJDay75.

Leading Airman (LA) Andy Ransom, who serves with the Fleet Air Arm Reserve Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton and instructs our new recruits also joined him.

LA Ransom is Chair of Shepton Mallet Royal British Legion.

#LestWeForget #inthistogether

Sub Lieutenant Edward Mihr laid a wreath in Stoke Gifford, South Gloucestershire, this morning as part of the commemorat...
15/08/2020

Sub Lieutenant Edward Mihr laid a wreath in Stoke Gifford, South Gloucestershire, this morning as part of the commemorations for #VJDay75.

#LestWeForget #wholeforce

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Ministry of Defence
15/08/2020

Ministry of Defence

As part of our VJ Day 75 commemorations, Defence Minister Baroness Goldie laid a wreath at a small service at the Commonwealth Memorial Gates this morning to remember the Commonwealth personnel that served alongside British forces during the Second World War.

#VJDay75 #NeverForgotten

Ministry of Defence
15/08/2020

Ministry of Defence

Veterans of the Far East campaign are attending #VJDay75 commemorations today at the National Memorial Arboretum.

📸 Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, has spoken with Royal Army Service Corps veteran Syd Pidgeon to learn more about his service during the Second World War. #neverforgotten

Our Officer of the Day (OOD) today is Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Andy Westlake: he lead Colours this morning.#OTD 75 year...
15/08/2020

Our Officer of the Day (OOD) today is Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Andy Westlake: he lead Colours this morning.

#OTD 75 years ago, his Grandfather, Wiifred Westlake, was serving onboard HMS Stalker (an escort carrier) with 809 Naval Air Squadron as a Leading Air Mechanic.

He was a Hostilities Only Rating (HO), sometimes referred to as Hostile Ordinary Seamen! 🇬🇧

#VJDay75

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Happy Birthday Ma'am, from our Ship's Company of #Reservists based in #Bristol. #wholeforce
15/08/2020

Happy Birthday Ma'am, from our Ship's Company of #Reservists based in #Bristol.

#wholeforce

New photographs have been released to celebrate the 70th birthday of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal today!

‪The photographs were taken by John Swannell at The Princess’ home, Gatcombe Park, in February this year.

Colours 0800 #VJDay75
15/08/2020

Colours 0800 #VJDay75

Flying from #cardiff, the RAF Red Arrows should be flying into our area over #Burnham-on-Sea, through mid #Somerset and ...
15/08/2020

Flying from #cardiff, the RAF Red Arrows should be flying into our area over #Burnham-on-Sea, through mid #Somerset and leave our area near #Chippenham.

#VJDay75 #inthistogether #wholeforce

‪For the first time in eight years, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team will perform flypasts over Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London today to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. We’ll be sharing images throughout the day via the Red Arrows’ social media channels. #VJDay75 #Neverforgotten ‬

15/08/2020
Staple Hill & District Royal British Legion

Staple Hill & District Royal British Legion

This is the Staple Hill service of remembrance and commemoration for the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day by the Staple Hill and District Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Please join us for a virtual premiere of our srrvice on Saturday 15 August 2020 at 1050am.

Videoing and editing by Mario Mangata. Sound by Panik Events. There are no copyright infringements.

Our Colour Party is preparing for Morning Colours at 0800 in Unit, to commemorate #VJDay75.#inthistogether #wholeforceRo...
15/08/2020

Our Colour Party is preparing for Morning Colours at 0800 in Unit, to commemorate #VJDay75.

#inthistogether #wholeforce

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15/08/2020
Royal Navy
14/08/2020

Royal Navy

Navy officers and ratings have passed out together side-by-side today, for the first time in history, at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth 👏🎉

🔗Find out more here: http://ow.ly/RwxY50AYAUD

12/08/2020

📽 This week's 60 Second Update features HMS Mersey and HMS Trent; and how they're supporting NATO Maritime Command to deliver shared security.

As Royal Naval Reserve Rating, you could serve onboard some of our Offshore Patrol Vessels in your spare time.

👉 http://bit.ly/2Ko5m7K

#wholeforce #InThisTogether

Royal Navy
12/08/2020

Royal Navy

WW2 veteran, Albert “Les” Wills, wil represent the Royal Navy at this weekend’s VJ Day 75 Remembrance service alongside HRH The Prince of Wales.

“I think it is the highest honour to be asked to represent the Royal Navy on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two. I do this in memory of all those who served their county during those difficult times. We will not forget you”.

🔗 Read more about the veteran here: http://ow.ly/2FqS50AXhSk

Navy News
12/08/2020

Navy News

The Falklands new patrol ship HMS Forth has finally made it to the islands' capital Stanley - seven months after arriving in the South Atlantic.

A visit earlier this year from the successor to HMS Clyde was postponed due to Covid, but the lockdown in the British territory has eased sufficiently not merely to permit a visit to Stanley, but allow the public on board, and allow the ship's company to visit sights ashore including the cathedral and Government House.

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2020/august/10/falklands-patrol-ship-forth-debuts-in-islands-capital

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
12/08/2020

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

For anyone in the Portsmouth area...

A 'socially-distanced festival' on Southsea seafront, with a line-up of music, comedy and family entertainment 🎵

We're very proud to be one of the chosen charities for these outdoor events. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Rowans Hospice 🙌

Tickets and more info available 👉 wedgewood-rooms.co.uk/lockdown-mastered

Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose
11/08/2020

Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose

The anniversary of victory over Imperial Japan and the end of the Second World War has special significance for one Royal Navy helicopter pilot.
Lieutenant Commander Mark Barber’s grandad Peter Barber was just 18 years old when he served as a British infantry officer in the Indian Army in what was then Burma.
He said his grandfather, who passed away in July 2008, rarely spoke of what he witnessed – such as the atrocities uncovered as they advanced on the retreating Japanese army at the end of the war. This is part of a series of features as this year marks the 75th anniversary of VJ Day on August 15.
“My grandad Peter was the middle of three brothers who all served in the war,” said Lieutenant Commander Barber, a pilot with 824 Naval Air Squadron, the Merlin Mk2 helicopter training unit at RNAS Culdrose at Helston.
“His eldest brother Jack was a warrant officer pilot in the RAF. He was lost with his aircraft over the Bay of Biscay on an anti-submarine patrol in 1944.
“Leo, the youngest, was an RAF aircraft maintainer who later became a fast jet pilot and then a search and rescue helicopter commander.
“The family were descended from a line of railway workers from the Midlands, including his father and grandfather. At the start of the war, becoming an officer in the army depended a lot on your background but that had changed by the end of the war. My grandad was very academic and the changes in society meant that this allowed him to become commissioned as an officer, despite his working-class background.”
He said Peter was 18 years old in 1945 and became commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters. He was promptly sent to Burma, modern-day Myanmar, to take command of a platoon of some 35 Indian soldiers as part of the 19th Hyderabad Regiment.
“At his funeral, I found out that he and my grandmother had donated to a Christian charity in support of poverty in India for their entire adult lives,” added Lieutenant Commander Barber. “Clearly working with the Indian Army in 1945 had a great effect on him. He certainly spoke highly of his regard for the Indian soldiers he worked alongside.
“He was a stern man at times and he didn’t talk about the war. From what little he did speak about it, I know he was involved in an amphibious assault against the Japanese. It’s hard to think he was there as an 18-year-old.
“This was before the surrender, but the landing was unopposed. The Japanese lined up at the back of the beach and laid down their weapons. They then turned around to show their backs, by which they meant to say they surrendered but did not respect their opponents. I don’t suppose my grandad and his men were that bothered by the gesture.
“Most of his time was not spent fighting but actively following the retreat through Burma and uncovering the atrocities in the villages left behind by the Japanese scorched-earth policy. As a young child I could never really understand why he wouldn’t talk about it. But I suppose that’s the realities of facing a war as a young man, having lost a brother, versus the Hollywood myths that were perpetuated in the decades that followed.
“I remember, when I was training for an operational deployment to an area of conflict, I’d visit him in his care home. He talked about it all just a little more then. He told me to never volunteer for anything!
“He passed away shortly before I deployed. After I came back, I had a better understanding about why he didn’t talk about his experiences of war. I’m glad I never pressed him for more and we spent our time speaking about happier things.”

Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton
11/08/2020

Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton

Ahoy HMS Medway!

Task Group training: ship handling and aviation drills. Medway can certainly manoeuvre at speed and good work to all for squeezing a Merlin Mk4 on that flight deck. 845 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) from RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset has 3 Commando Merlin embarked RFA Argus in the Caribbean for support during the hurricane season alongside Wildcat Flight from 815 NAS

#flynavy #845nas #rfaargus #caribbean #makingwaves #royalnavy #commandomerlin #maritime #aviation #hurricaneseason #support #taskgroup #rnasyeovilton #fleetairarm #avgeek #aviationphotography 🚁⚓️

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
11/08/2020

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

As we approach #VJDay75, did you know the Royal Navy had two fleets operating in the Far East during the Second World War?

The British Pacific Fleet and East Indies Fleet (formerly Eastern Fleet) included many ships and personnel from other navies, including from Commonwealth nations and also the Netherlands and the United States.

By August 1945, the British Pacific Fleet and the East Indies Fleet consisted of over 600 vessels and 250,000 sailors.

#Victory75

NAVYfit
11/08/2020

NAVYfit

Congratulations to HMS Kent who have completed their paddling expedition of kayaking 150 miles from Bristol to London from the 7 - 10 August for Demelza Hospice Care for Children! They’ve raised £3,096! Fantastic effort from the whole team!!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hmskentops

#NAVYfit #HMSKent #kayaking #challenge

11/08/2020
Royal Navy

Royal Navy

🎥 And now the news. This week’s 60-second update comes from HMS Mersey during NATO operations. We also have news on HMS Trent, HMS Enterprise in #Beirut and RFA Argus’s crew helping save sea turtles.

🔗 Read more: https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/60secondupdate

National Museum of the Royal Navy
11/08/2020

National Museum of the Royal Navy

For the past eight years HMS Victory has been undergoing an impressive multi-million pound conservation project to protect her structure and preserve her for future generations.

Previously the ship has been supported by a pair of 11 steel cradles which were installed in 1922 – when she was moved into her dry dock. However over time Victory began to sag under her own weight, putting her future in jeopardy.

But now we are pleased to reveal a revolutionary new support system has been completed that replicates the environment of being in water. This has been made possible thanks to BAE Systems who designed and engineered the new 134 individual smart props, which replicate the forces that would be applied were she still at sea, meaning she is now in some form ‘afloat again’.

That’s not all, from Monday 24 August, when Portsmouth Historic Dockyard reopens you will be able to view these conservation efforts in action, as visitors will be able to descend into the base of the dry dock for the first time ever and view this magnificent 3600 tonne ship from below. This new under hull walkway, will be part of your HMS Victory ticket and give even previous visitors a whole new perspective of this extraordinary ship.

Keep an eye on our social media channels over the next few days to find out more about this ‘world first’ conservation project and our newest experience!

11/08/2020
Royal Navy

Wow - we can't wait to re visit our Royal Navy Flag Ship.

If you're able to get to #Portsmouth this #summer, have a look yourself (if you're a member of Royal Naval Reserve you can visit for free)!

#wholeforce #InThisTogether

After three years of ground-breaking work replacing the original cradles HMS Victory has been rested on for nearly 100 years, visitors can now see from bow to rudder from below. A privilege not even Admiral Nelson himself is thought to have enjoyed.

🔗 Find out more: https://bit.ly/UnderneathHMSVictory

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Bristol Division was one of the five divisions of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve formed in 1903. After World War I, the division was reformed and a new drill ship, a Fleet Sweeping Vessel (Sloop) - HMS Flying Fox - was berthed at Bristol in 1924. Renamed Severn Division after World War II, HMS Flying Fox moved ashore to its present HQ in 1972. The ship itself was towed down the Avon and across the Bristol Channel to a breaker's in Cardiff in 1973.

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