ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY COMMUNICATIONS BRANCH ASSOCIATION

'QSO the World'
 


 

COMMUNICATOR'S FORUM 2021

The aim of this page is to pass on articles of interest to serving & ex-serving Communicators  and interested parties.  I am sure that many of the names of those below will be familiar to other shipmates who may also visit this site.

We are now in direct contact around the globe via the Internet, email and social media, so we are truly  QSO the World”

This is not an on-line forum, if you would like Comms related articles published on this page please send me an email, I update this website regularly and will publish your article (with accompanying photo/s if you wish) as soon as I am able.

Follow this link for previous years QSO
 

Please note that I am currently taking a break from website updates. 

If you have any important posts (such as Vale's) please try the RANCBA Facebook group as I will only be checking mail every now and then until future notice.

I am currently looking at the viability of the site and whether it should be kept running. This means that the website will still be accessible but updates to pages such as QSO will be not be continued.

John Curbishley
Web Yeoman
07/02/2021


 

January to December 2021


Doug Brown (ex WOSY) OAM

 It is pleasing to advise that Doug Brown was awarded an OAM on Australia Day 26 January 2021.
"Mr Douglas James BROWN Florey ACT 2615. For service to veterans and their families ."

I am sure that we all wish Doug a very big BRAVO ZULU. 

Yours aye
Sam Hughes
02/12/2021
 


VALE LIEUTENANT COMMANDER
 RICHARD HARRY KIME, OAM, RANEM, RAN (RTD)

R 020630Z FEB 21
FM HMAS CERBERUS
TO AIG 3600
AIG 3602
BT

UNCLAS FOUO

SIC WAA/Z4P

SUBJ: PASSING OF LIEUTENANT COMMANDER RICHARD HARRY KIME, OAM, RANEM, RAN (RTD)

1. THE CIS COMMUNITY IS SADDENED TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF LIEUTENANT COMMANDER RICHARD HARRY KIME ON WEDNESDAY 20 JANUARY 2021.

2. RICHARD HARRY KIME JOINED THE ROYAL NAVY IN SEPTEMBER 1954 AT HMS GANGES AS A BOY SEAMAN AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY SELECTED FOR THE COMMUNICATIONS BRANCH AND PASSED OUT AS A SIGNAL BOY.

3. HARRYS CAREER IN THE RN WAS DIVERSE AND INCLUDED SEA SERVICE IN THE SUBMARINE DEPOT BOAT HMS ADAMANT, THE NAVAL AND CANTEEN STORES SUPPLY SHIP RFA FORT CHARLOTTE, THE CRUISER HMS NEWFOUNDLAND, THE DESTROYERS HM SHIPS CHEVIOT, COSSACK, COCKADE, SAINTES,THE FRIGATE HMS MODESTE AND THE COASTAL MINESWEEPER HMS HIGHBURTON.

HARRYS RN SERVICE ALSO INCLUDED TWO DEPLOYMENTS TO THE PERSIAN GULF AND TWO PERIODS OF ROYAL YACHT ESCORT SHIP DUTY TO WEST AFRICA WITH HM THE QUEEN AND TO NORTH AFRICA WITH HM THE QUEEN MOTHER.

4. IN JUNE 1966, HARRYS SERVICE ENGAGEMENT WITH THE RN CONCLUDED AND HE SUBSEQUENTLY JOINED THE RAN IN JANUARY 1967 AS A SIGNALMAN. HARRY PROCEEDED TO SERVE IN HMA SHIPS ANZAC II, SUPPLY I, SYDNEY III, VAMPIRE, MELBOURNE II AND STALWART II DURING WHICH HE SAW SERVICE IN THE FAR EAST STRATEGIC RESERVE (FESR) AND MALAYA. HARRY SPENT MAJORITY OF HIS SHORE TIME AT HMAS CERBERUS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF TWO POSTINGS TO HMAS HARMAN AND A PERIOD WITH 9 SIGNALS REGIMENT RASIGS IN SINGAPORE.

5. HARRY SERVED AS THE FLEET WARRANT OFFICER SIGNALS YEOMAN TWICE AND WAS AWARDED THE MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA(MILITARY DIVISION) IN 1983 FOR HIS SERVICES TO RAN COMMUNICATIONS. HARRY WAS APPOINTED TO COMMISSIONED RANK IN 1988.

6. HARRY CONCLUDED HIS SERVICE WITH THE RAN AS THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE RAN COMMUNICATIONS SCHOOL AT HMAS CERBERUS FROM 1994 TO 1995. HE RETIRED FROM FULL TIME NAVAL SERVICE IN 1995 AFTER 41 YEARS OF COMBINED SERVICE TO THE RN AND RAN.

7. HARRY WAS AN INSPIRATION TO GENERATIONS OF CURRENT AND FORMER COMMUNICATIONS OFFICERS AND SAILORS. HE WILL BE SORELY MISSED. HE WAS A STALWART MEMBER OF THE RAN COMMUNICATIONS BRANCH ASSOCIATION, THE NAVAL ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA, SERVING AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE VICTORIAN CHAPTER FOR MANY YEARS. UP UNTIL THE TIME OF HIS PASSING. HE REMAINED SERVING THE NAVAL COMMUNITY AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRANKSTON NAVAL MEMORIAL CLUB (FNMC).

8. A PRIVATE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICE WILL BE CONDUCTED FOR HARRY AT 1100 ON WEDNESDAY 03 FEBRUARY 2021 AT THE FNMC. ATTENDANCE TO THE PRIVATE SERVICE WITHIN THE CLUB BUILDING IS BY INVITATION OF THE FAMILY ONLY DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS CURRENTLY IN PLACE.

CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO THE FRANKSTON NAVAL MEMORIAL CLUB SECRETARY AT: NAVMEM(AT)BIGPOND.COM.AU

9. IT IS REQUESTED THAT IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, DONATIONS BE MADE IN HARRYS NAME TO THE PENINSULA HEALTH, A CHARITY HE SUPPORTED AT HTTPS://DONATIONS.PENINSULAHEALTH.ORG.AU/

BT
 

Tactical Operator ALAN JAMES “BONES” CARLSON R59108

Bone’s medals turned up at a Nambucca Heads op shop, and, are now in possession of the local RSL, who are trying to track down either Bones or any NOK.

I have not seen Bones since the 1968 Deployment on the HOBART. Per his Posting Card in the National Archives, he posted to KUTTABUL in 1969.

He may well have passed away, given his year of birth was 1937.

Should anyone have any knowledge of his whereabouts or, that of his NOK, please contact Glen Birch (ex-RO(S) on the same trip) on 0417 431 440.

Keep safe all.

Dave Sutherland
18/01/2021