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.


This year’s OA Annual General Meeting was held in the HMS COLLINGWOOD Wardroom on Sunday 11th June 2023. Minutes of the meeting have been published on the Committee Minutes page. Many thanks to those members who attended.

Remembrance Ceremonies

Officers Association Chairman Captain Jim Palmer was kindly invited to join HMS Collingwood’s Remembrance ceremonies.

He joined Captain Tim Davey in laying a wreath on behalf of the Officers Association at the Falklands Memorial.

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


The Wardroom has a Facebook page. Search for “Collingwood Wardroom” or Click Here. Access to the page is for Mess Members only and is approved by members of the Mess Committee.
Bookings for Wardroom social events are now normally done online through this Facebook page.


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: social@hmscoa.org.