What's new

22 May 21 - New blog regarding 'lighting a candle' on Monday 24th May for the HMS Hood crew who lost their lives 80 years ago. Log on to see (left hand menu at the bottom)

05 May 21 - New 'Crossed the Bar' entry. Log on to view.

22 Mar 21 - A message from the temp. Membership Secretary begins

Shipmates, as you are all aware by now, of the temporary system we have had to put in place for the payment of subs caused by Pedlar crossing the bar coupled with the Covid lockdown. I know that quite a number of you, not by name I hasten to add have paid your subs to Pedlar at the AGM, obviously that hasn’t happened this year, so we need you to set up a BACS or Direct Debit to pay this year’s subs. Our bank details are on the website. If I don’t receive your contributions, I can only presume that you are no longer wish to be a member of the Assoc., bearing in mind that as I don’t know who paid Pedlar direct you will be lumped in with the former members of the Assoc.


Yours Aye


Acting local Treasurer

19 Mar 21 - A new blog from the Sec with a good news story in these dark times. Log on to view.

08 Mar 21 - The latest RNCA Communicator magazine is now available in the downloads section. Log on to access.

21 Feb 21 - The RNCA Slops store will be closing down in the next month or so. We have contracted all merchandise production and sales to 'Forever Jack' who will start operations in due course. More details on how you order will be given in the next edition of the 'Communicator' (coming very soon to your inbox). The slops link in the menu bar will remain so items can be viewed, but any attempts to order through the website will get rejected by email. Times they are a-changing!

21 Feb 21 - All members please note; PayPal payments will no longer be available for membership renewals. Please use BACs, direct debit or standing order to pay your dues. Thank You.

19 Feb 21 - In view of no physical AGM this year the 2021 Finance Report for year ending Feb is now available to view in the AGM Minutes and Financial Reports page. Log on to view.

17 Feb 21 - Important! New blog from the Secretary urging a select few from the membership to contact him ASAP. Log on to see if it's you he wants to talk to.

13 Feb 21 - Website Core engine updated to v7.78

13 Feb 21 - New blog ref the Naval Associations Parade in September of this year. Log on to get full details of what may be a very enjoyable day.

29 Jan 21 - For all members, please log on and read the latest blog from our chairman entitled 'Sitrep 29 Jan'. Thank You.

08 Jan 21 - Message from the Chairman reads...

Good evening RNCA members.

Regrettably in the current situation the AGM in March will not go ahead. There is a distinct possibility that we will have to cancel for this year and re-programme for March 2022.

We are awaiting responses from the hotel and the Association will be kept informed/updated as soon as we receive more information.

A quick ZFG (rerun for the buntings!), please don't order any slops or try to pay your subs using Paypal or sending cheques to the treasurer. Your committee are working hard to sort things out but the new lockdown prevents us doing the things we had in the complan.

If you have any pressing queries email the chairman, address on the web site.

P.S. We still await the plethora of volunteers for taking up the role of slops bosun..........................

Take care and stay safe, Yours Aye,


22 Dec 20 - Message from the Chairman reads...

After a difficult year for everyone we can only hope that 2021 brings a new dawn enabling us to get out and about seeing friends and family once more.

For lots of us there are reminders of long deployments such as Beira patrol, occasionally months without sight of land, RAS's with our friendly RFA's and mail delivered by the Shackleton from Sharjah in cans dropped by parachute once a week, perhaps!

After the sad loss of Bob there is a big hole to fill, and your committee are doing our best to regroup, but unfortunately there will be delays in some quarters so please bear with us. For a while don't try to purchase slops or pay your membership subs using PayPal, we do hope to get this sorted early in the New Year, I'm sure you will understand.

We have a volunteer ready and willing to take over the role of treasurer/membership secretary but we are actively seeking a willing bod to volunteer as our slops bosun. We have an amount of stock that will need to be transferred to your PLR, clearly that can't happen until we get leave granted to allow the RAS. I'm sure I'll be floored in the rush, all names will go in the hat and the lucky winner will be announced as soon as the Secretary pulls the lucky name out.

It is hoped we can get the Communicator out early in the New Year but at the moment it will only be emailed to those on the list held by the webmaster. Posted copies will not be available just yet but will be available to download from the website as usual.

Have the best Christmas that you can, and I wish all of you and yours the very best for 2021”.

Stay safe, Yours Aye, Sam

21 Dec 20 - Message from the Secretary reads...

Shipmates, as you are aware our long serving Treasurer, Membership Sec and Assoc. Chief Jack Dusty, Bob has crossed the bar. This has left a huge gap which we are in the process of filling, we have a volunteer for the Treasurer and Membership Sec but are still looking for a Slops Seller, a volunteer is needed a.s.a.p.

In view of the financial change of post and the reams of paperwork to do this, if you pay your subs by Cheque please desist until further notice when the new bean counter’s name and address will be promulgated.

Many thanks



10 Dec 20 - Notice for all members, please DO NOT use paypal for membership renewals/slops until further notice. Thank you.

23 Nov 20 - Latest Defence Discount offers now available to view in time for Christmas! Log on to view.

23 Nov 20 - Latest Trade Journal and Semaphore Circle now available from the downloads section. Log on to access.

23 Nov 20 - New blog article from down under asking for your valuable help. Log in to see.

20 Nov 20 From Carl... It is with great sadness that I have to write that our dear Treasurer and Membership Sec Bob Palmer crossed the bar at 1930 today.  Bob and his brother Bill helped me to form our Association and he's been a stalwart ever since. R.I.P. Shipmate, fair winds and calm seas.

13 Aug 20 - The Summer edition of the 'Communicator' magazine is now available for download. If your email address details are correct, you will receive it automatically in your in-box. If you don't automatically receive it, please email me with your latest email address to websiteman@rnca.info . Thank you.

04 Jul 20 - Drupal Core engine updated to v7.72.

03 Jul 20 - The 'Notices of Interest' section has been given a 'huck out'. All articles still published are up to date and checked for validity.

03 Jul 20 - In response to a request made in the A.G.M. this year, the annual RNCA AGM Minutes and Financial Reports from 2015 to 2020 are available to view in the member's area. If there is a desire for more historical years to be uploaded, please email the webmaster. Log on to access.

01 Jul 20 - Latest edition of the RNA's Semaphore Circle  and the Trade Journal are now available for download.

25 May 20 - New blog showing how morse is being kept alive and kicking onboard HMS Belfast by one of our members. Log on to access the blog and  view the video.

05 May 20 - New  blog regarding RNA bereavement update.

29 Apr 20 - A.G.M. Southsea 2021. Further details including a booking form that can be printed, completed and posted to the hotel are now available in the events section. Log on to access.

13 Apr 20 - New Blog from CONA regarding surviving social isolation in these difficult times. It gives details of a number to call (for members of CONA) for help and advice. Also attached to the blog is a document from the RNA giving good advice for all of us. I recommend you take a minute to read/print.

13 Apr 20 - Message from Carl reads..... Does anybody have any information on the "Royal Naval Signal Officer Association"? I have had an enquiry from a Lt. Cdr. whose father in law a Lt. Cdr. Bryan has crossed the  bar and he wants to let the Assoc. know of this event. I've Googled the name but to know avail. Any info. would be appreciated. All replies to secretary@rnca.info please.

27 Feb 20 - New website link for Veteran's Health, concerning substance abuse resources for veterans with this useful guide.

17 Jun 19 - June's edition of the RNA Semaphore Circular is now available for download. Attention is drawn to article 12 ref NHS priority treatment. Log on to access from the downloads section.

08 Aug 18 - New Notice of Interest regarding the free service provided by SAIL (Seafarers Advice and Information Line) which could be described as the Naval Veterans Citizens Advice. Log on to access.

01 Feb 18 - Members can now re-new their membership via the Slops Store if they wish to pay by PayPal. Just choose 'Membership Renewal' and add to the cart.

26 Oct 17 - A new Notice of Interest concerning the seAp Advocacy service and what it can provide in the way of help for ex-service personnel. Log on to access.

05 Nov 15 - A reminder of photos taken in 2010 of HMS Mercury before it was demolished

05 Nov 15 - Follow the links for photographs taken in 2013 of HMS Ganges

20 Oct 15 - A large library of original 'Communicator' magazines from 1952 to 1974 has been made available to us courtesy of Joe Kirk, the webmaster of the Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society. The link is here and also copied in the 'links' page.

09 Mar 15 - We now hold the copyright to a video of the history of HMS Mercury produced c1993. It is fascinating viewing and certainly brings back some memories. To view, log on, go to Comms History and then scroll down to the 'HISTORY OF HMS MERCURY' article.

17 Jul 14 - The history of HMS Mercury written by the late Chris Rickard and published on the RNCCA Website in March 2006 is now available in the Comms History section. This is a comprehensive and informative document written by a true and loyal bunting. Our thanks go to George Foster and the committee at the RNCCA. The RNCA acknowledges and thanks the RNCCA for their permission to publish this important piece.