SET Course briefs resume

Following a two year break due to Covid, the Association was invited back to HMS Sultan to give a brief to the new Safety Equipment Technician's course. As with previous briefs, the trainees, who had only been in the Royal Navy for 10 weeks, were given short briefs on the history of the Royal Navy, the Fleet Air Arm and the SE Branch as well as a 'dit spinning' session from the guest speaker - in this case, the Association President John Scivier.

It is reported that the brief was very well received and certainly, for the President, it was a great opportunity to connect with the 'young blood' of the branch and sew the seeds for future RNSESA membership!




Dear All

We now need to start getting names and finances in place for the reunion in October. As previously discussed this procedure is now up to us to organise and provide the Aztec with names, dates and monies. 

1. We need to pay the hotel by transfer from our RNSESA Account and provide a rooming list by 17th September 22. I will be coordinating the collection of money with Jayne Smith the Treasurer either by direct payment into the RNSESA Account or by Cheques/Cash direct to me. 

Pixie Parkes will be compiling the Rooming List.


2. Costs

Double/Twin Room 1 night £136.00, 2 nights £272.00, 3 nights £408.00 and those of us who stay on the Thursday £544.00.

Single Room 1 night £78.00, 2 nights £156.00, 3 nights £234.00 and 4th night £312.00.


3. Payment & Guests Details. We would prefer if you pay by online baking/transfer to our account 30-96-56 00233218 giving your name as Reference. Please the email me, and stating Name(s) of guests, number of nights with arrival day and departure day plus any special room or dietary requirements. If you want to pay me with cash I will pay it into my account and then transfer it to the RNSESA account. Cheques should be made payable to RNSESA, do not put an "& or and" in the middle. Post to me at Dave Philpot, 14 Cedar Court, Bath Lane, Fareham, PO16 0DA.


4. Room Deposits. Because we (RNSESA) are paying there is NO deposit required.


5. Catering & Facilities. The same catering will apply i.e. Friday & Sunday night Buffet dinners. Saturday Gala dinner. Breakfasts.Free onsite secure parking, use of Spa & pool, Gym, our dedicated room for meals other than breakfasts. At least 3 "up Spirits" (Phil & Phil) in our dedicated venue. The Association will provide Wine on the tables Friday & Saturday nights (and Sunday) if any is left over. 

Saturday night Raffle so please bring a bottle or two as prizes.


6. Thursday Night. Those of us that stay on the Thursday night I will try and arrange for an evening meal to be included, but not guaranteed.


Main Points 

Full Payments by Bank transfer/Cheques or Cash. Payable to RNSESA with Name as reference

Guests names & number of nights plus any room or dietary requirements

Please Email to and 

By post to Dave Philpot, 14 Cedar Court, Bath Lane, Fareham, PO16 0DA.

All payments by 10th September at the LATEST.


I will also do a Facetime post 


Lets make this a successful reunion.


Yours Aye










Just a gentle reminder to all that the annual subs will be due again on 1st July. Thank you to those who have set up a Standing Order mandate you are all sorted and all members are strongly encouraged to adopt this payment method where possible. You are reminded  that at the 2019 AGM it was voted in for the subs to be increase to £15.00 pa and £5.00 if you wish you better half to be an associate member. All members should have received a reminder e-mail from Dave Philpott.


The company that we contracted to make the mugs are now in the process of making up the transfer to go onto the mug and the mugs will be available soon if you want to order. For those members who have asked Dave Philpott to get them and post them on he will do so when he receives them subject to getting to the Post Office to sort out postage and packing. Those that want to order them themselves please e-mail Simon at the company as follows:  or call 0114-2489416 (1st option) and he will advise cost and p&p.




Dear fellow members of the Fly Navy Federation


In these trying times it is clear that a lot of the burden and worry is falling on the shoulders of the elderly. To be a bit more parochial and in the finest traditions of the Fleet Air Arm (and also now very much in line with the latest government request for volunteers answered by over 400,000 people in 24 hours) I wonder if some of you might consider picking up the phone on the odd occcasion whilst we are all sitting at home under lockdown. A simple 5 minute call and a bit of banter with a fellow member of your own association might be all it needs to lift their spirits. Time to gather round our shipmates perhaps ?


Stay Safe



Jock Alexender 

A look at what the association and its members have been up to and other Safety Equipment related stories


On November 10th, the RNSESA fielded a platoon for the annual Remembrance service and marchpast at the Cenotaph in London. Members came from all over the UK to converge on the capital with most making a weekend of it.

Following the march past, members met up with family and friends and attending a short and traditional service at the Fleet Air Arm Memorial within the grounds of the MoD main building on the Embankment along with all the other FAA associations that took part in the march past.

Following the formalities, it was then time to relax a little (a lot for some!) and for some members to increase their seatime onboard the Tattershall Castle, a converted ship tied up alongside on the Thames.

The day gave the chance to remember and reflect on comrades no longer with us, on the losses of conflict but also to renew friendships and swing a few lanterns over a couple of welcome drinks.

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