Meet up with your Royal Navy mess mates

The Royal Naval Electrical Branch Association was formed a few years back to “root out” those who served in the Royal Navy dealing with any electrical, radio, radar or computer installations on Royal Navy ships or Shore Establishments and reunite them with their old shipmates. The association has just had a fantastic reunion and the next one is organised.

If you are reading this and are either an ex-member of an electrical branch or know somebody who is, help me turn the clock back. Re-live the good times, the runs ashore in a foreign port, the camaraderie and the good bits. Then laugh again at the rough bits, the “green rubs” etc. Then just think, a mess mate off your old ship might be looking for you! Who are you looking for? Who would you like to have a laugh with again? They might be one of the hundreds already in the association.

Go to the association’s website at and see some of the photos of past reunions, download an application form and be in the next set of reunion photos with your old mess mate.

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Or write to Mike Crowe, Royal Naval Electrical Branch Association, 7 Heath Road, Sandown, Isle of Wight. PO36 8PG and be prepared to turn the clock back “just a few years”, anything from 20 years to just over 60 years.

I would like to end with a little story about a previous “Letter to the Editor”.

I received a letter, which went something on the lines of: “Dear Mike. I didn’t see your letter a few weeks back because we were busy with moving house. However, we have just got round to unwrapping some glasses and we saw your letter in the newspaper wrapping paper”.

The written word can be read again.

Mike Crowe

Isle of Wight