The Royal Navy

The Defence Maritime Logistics School

In 1988, we signed Letters of Association with The Supply and Secretariat Branch of the Royal Navy (now the the Defence Maritime Logistics School).    The School’s mission is to train Naval personnel as Logisticians in a number of disciplines (Logistics Officer, Supply Chain specialist, Chef, Steward and Writers) to equip them to serve on operations at sea.

The School is part of HMS Raleigh, the largest Naval training establishment in the South West of England, situated close to Torpoint in South East Cornwall.  The sixth to bear the name, HMS Raleigh was commissioned as a shore establishment on January 9th 1940 to provide training for Ordinary Seaman called up under the Military Training Act of 1938.

HMS Ambush

Formal letters of association were signed with HMS Ambush in 2011.

HMS Ambush, the second of the Astute-class attack submarines, launched on 5 January 2011. She arrived in her home port of HM Naval Base, Clyde, for the first time, in September 2012. On 1 March 2013, Ambush was commissioned into the Royal Navy during a ceremony at HMNB Clyde attended by over 500 personnel including the Ship’s Company, their families, senior military figures and affiliates of the submarine. After Commissioning, Ambush underwent an intensive period of trials in and around the UK to prove her hardiness and agility. She was deployed in 2014.

Ambush is a formidable force at the cutting edge of the UK’s military defence capability. Fitted with sophisticated technology and crewed by members of the elite Submarine Service of the Royal Navy, Ambush delivers an enhanced undersea capability for the UK.

Her motto is Hide and Seek

Sea Cadets

The Sea Cadets began in 1856 as a charitable initiative to give young people instruction on a naval theme.  Today, they number 14,000 young people, in 400 units throughout the country, developing new skills, such as sailing, boating and rock climbing, supported by 9,000 volunteers.  Since 2005 our association has been with the West Ham Sea Cadets, giving our liverymen the opportunity to be involved with this inspirational organisation.

The Army

The Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)

The role of the SPS Branch is to ensure the smooth delivery of personnel administration to the Army.

This includes support to individual officers and soldiers in units, by processing pay and Service documentation, first line provision of financial, welfare, education and resettlement guidance to individuals and the provision of clerical skills and information management, to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the unit or department.

Every unit in the Army needs the support provided by SPS personnel, from front line Battalions, through to NATO Headquarters. The SPS Detachment is a close-knit team of approximately 20 SPS soldiers, high quality individuals whose role is to provide HR administration and financial support to every member of the Unit which could be up to 700 strong. They are an integral part of the Unit organisation and work very closely with the Unit Chain of Command to ensure the Unit and everybody in it is ready to undertake their mission.

Our association with Staff and Personnel Support Branch began in 1980, when Letters of Association were signed with the Royal Army Pay Corps. New Letters of Association were signed in 1995 after the RAPC was absorbed into the Adjutant General’s Corps and became known as the Staff and Personnel Branch.

The Royal Air Force

RAF Personnel Branch and Trade

A formal association has been maintained with the Branch, (then known as RAF Personnel Support Branch) since 1986.

Base Support Wing, RAF Odiham, Hampshire

A relatively new affiliation was created when Letters of Association were signed with Base Support Wing, in 2011.   Base Support Wing provides all non-technical support to personnel at RAF Odiham, whether they work on base or in a deployed role. The Wing is responsible for covering all aspects of personnel management and welfare, media engagement and liaison with the local community, discipline, catering and training.

During the year there are occasional opportunities for members of the Company to visit RN ships and shore establishments, Army and RAF units, and also RN ships visiting London.