OA Sword 2023
On the 16th June, the OA Sword was presented at Ceremonial Divisions at HMS COLLINGWOOD, this year by the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin KCB ADC, accompanied by his French counterpart, General Thierry Burkhard, Chef d'État-Major des Armées. The event was shortened due to the hot weather, with only the Guard and Band marching past. We were treated to an impressive arms display by the Guard, as well as three rifle volleys.
The OA Sword had previously belonged to Lt Cdr John Stafferton, a career Weapon Engineer Officer who joined the Navy in 1963 and was a long term supporter of the OA. A huge thank you to his widow, Mrs Joyce Stafferton, who very kindly donated the sword.
The Sword was awarded to Lt Will Hope, for outstanding leadership as lead instructor on the Weapon Engineering (WE) System Engineering and Management Course (SEMC). Many congratulations to Lt Hope for this award and we wish him well in his future career.
History of the Officers' Association
We are delighted to advise that we have published a history of the Officer' Association over the last 25 years. Huge thanks must go to our Honorary Secretary, Lt Cdr Janice Rouse for the enormous amount of work she has put into this over the last couple of years, as well as to those from across the membership who have contributed.
If you feel we have some of the detail incorrect or have omitted something important, please do let us know.
You can find this work in our History section under The Officers' Asscociation
If you would like to know more about the Association, or would like to join, please contact
our Membership and Social Secretary, Lt Cdr Martin Carr, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.