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60th Anniversary of the Korean War Parade & Muster
In June 1950, North Korean troops invaded
On the 11 July 2013, there will be a parade and muster of veterans from this war, followed by a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey. Those wishing to attend the parade and service of thanksgiving are asked to apply by e-mail to:
Or in writing to:
Ceremonial, Events and Commemoration Team, Level 6, Zone C,
RFA Ships in
RFA Birchol (2) RFA Wave Baron *
RFA Oakol (2) RFA Wave Chief *
RFA Echodale RFA Wave Conqueror
RFA Brown Ranger * RFA Wave Duke
RFA Gold Ranger RFA Wave Knight (1) *
RFA Green Ranger * RFA Wave Laird *
‘*’ RFA’s awarded the Korean Battle Honour
Other RFA’s contributed by supplying stores and oil to the RFA’s in theatre for replenishment of UN ships
Merchant Navy Ships in
Empire Halladale Empire Marshall
Empire Trooper Empire Viceroy
Empire Wallace Empire Windrush
Frederick Clover Georgic
Hong Siang Islandside
John Lyras Maxwell Brander
Peter Dal II Phillip Q
Royal William Wo San
Battle of the Atlantic 70th Anniversary
6th – 11th May 2013 World War 2 and Arctic Convoy Week
8th – 13th May 2013
8th May 2013 BOA70 Exhibition open on HQS Wellington and at HMS President
8th May 2013 BOA70 Themed evensong at
9th May 2013 BOA70 Planned Fleet Air Arm Flypast
10th – 12th May 2013
11th May 2013 BOA70 Memorial Service, Merchant Navy Memorial, Tower Hill
11th May 2013 BOA70 Unveiling of International Sailor Statue at
12th May 2013 BOA70 Parade and Wreath Laying on The Foyle
22nd May 2013 BOA70 Naval tea party Kirby Lonsdale
24th – 28th May 2013 Royal Navy and International
25th May 2013 BOA70 Charity Royal Marine Band concert at the Philharmonic Hall,
25th May 2013 BOA70 Anglican Cathedral followed by parade and Fly past
27th May 2013 BOA70 Visiting ships open to the public and 1940’s party at St. Georges Hall,
28th May 2013 Royal Navy and International ships depart headed by THV Patricia
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The Arctic Star
The Government has announced the design of the Arctic Star and the criteria for eligibility for all those who served on the infamous Convoys to Russia; it is rather unfortunate that successive Governments have taken so long to honour these veterans. Today there are less than 250 survivors from what was dubbed “The Convoy’s from Hell” and it is hoped that every single one of them, plus the families of those who died on war service, or who have crossed the bar since will take the opportunity to apply for this medal.
The criteria for the medal is set out below, and a link to the application form is HERE or further information can be obtained by telephoning 08457 800 900 (local rate).
The Arctic Star is granted for operational service of any length north of the
- Navy and Merchant Navy – Naval and Merchant Navy service anywhere at sea north of the Arctic Circle to include, but not limited exclusively to, those ships participating in, and in support of Convoys to North Russia. Fleet Air Arm Personnel, not qualified by sea service may qualify under the conditions applying to the Royal Air Force.
- Air Force- Aircrew of the Royal Air Force will be eligible if they landed north of the
Arctic Circleor served in the air over this area. Non aircrew on operational service in the area, for example ground crew or those sailing with CAMships (Catapult Aircraft Merchant Ships), are also eligible
- Army – Army personnel serving in His Majesty’s ships or in defensively equipped Merchant ships qualify under the rules applying to the Navy or Merchant Navy. In addition, personnel taking part in land operations north of the
Arctic Circlewill also be eligible.
- Civilians serving with the Forces – Members of the few approved categories of civilians who qualify for Campaign Stars will be eligible if, in support of military operations, they meet any of the above qualifying criteria.
- Foreign Nationals commissioned or enlisted into British or, the then Dominion Forces (e.g. Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Australian Navy) are eligible provided the individuals did not receive a similar award from their own Government.
- General – Eligibility to the Arctic Star has no effect upon eligibility for World War Two recognition previously awarded and does not suggest automatic eligibility for any further awards.
Initial research has indicated that the crews of the following RFA's will be eligible for the Arctic Star having deployed within the Arctic Circle in support of Naval Operations or as Convoy Escort Oilers: -
RFA's Aldersdale, Black Ranger, Blue Ranger, Boardale, British Lady, Brown Ranger, Gray Ranger, Oleander (2), Oligarch, Rapidol, Scottish American and War Sudra
More detailed research is being undertaken and, if any other RFAs are identified, their details will be added to the above list.
Important Update - 5 April 2013
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Historical Society has learnt that relatives of deceased crew members of ships which sailed on Arctic Convoys may be required, when making an application for the Arctic Star, to specify which convoys that the crew member sailed on. If relatives find that they are unable to provide this information please contact the Editors of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Historical Society for assistance. The Editors contact details are shown in the 'Contact us' section on the left hand side of this page of this web site.
The Tides are a changing - New fleet of RFA tankers named
Four new Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) tankers, which will be bought as part of the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) programme, will be called the Tide Class.
The 37,000-tonne ships will come into service from 2016 to replace the RFA's single-hulled tankers, and will maintain the Royal Navy's dedicated bulk fuel replenishment at sea capabilities.
RFA Bayleaf (3)
RFA Bayleaf (3) commenced service in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary on 26 March 1982 and was deployed all over the world. She saw service in the Falklands War 1982 and gained the Falklands 1982 Battle Honour
About two weeks later more of the ship had gone
On 28 November 2012, in the mist, it is possible to see that there is very little left of RFA Bayleaf (3)
RFA Bayleaf (3) has sailed no more
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