ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
This year's OA Annual General Meeting will be held in the HMS COLLINGWOOD Wardroom at 11:30 on Sunday 11th June 2023. All members are welcome to attend.
Coffee will be available in the coffee room during the AGM for those not attending the AGM.
As is now traditional, the AGM will be followed by the OA/SD L&R Lunch. This will start at 12:30 and rig for the lunch will be casual. You can book for the lunch online here or by completing and returning the form on the Calling Notice.
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.
OA Sword 2022
At the end of July, the OA Sword was presented Ceremonial Divisions at HMS COLLINGWOOD, this year by the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Ben Key KCB CBE ADC. It was comforting to see the parade ground relatively full again after the changes forced by the pandemic. We were treated to an impressive marching display by the Guard, as well as three rifle volleys.
The OA Sword had previously belonged to Cdr Jack Shirley, who joined the Navy as a Boy, was a Leading Telegraphist at the outbreak of war and was rapidly drawn into the new technology area of Radar, being commissioned as a Sub Lt RNVR Radar Officer in August 1940. He retired from the Navy as a Commander in 1971. A huge thank you to his daughter, Mrs Pamela Nason, who very kindly donated the sword.
The Sword was awarded to Lt Ross Lyth, for outstanding leadership within Victory Squadron, which takes new entry ratings after their initial training at HMS RALEIGH and prepares them for the Fleet. Many congratulations to Lt Lyth for this award and we wish him well in his future career.
Full details of the Sword's previous owner and a copy of the citation for Lt Lyth can be found on the 2022 Sword page
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.
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.