Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, 30th October 2020


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FLEET AIR ARM PATHWAY: Brief to Fly Navy Federation 
Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, 30th October 2020


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Thursday, September 17, 2020


Dear Members & Families


I hope this letter finds you all well and coping with this ever changing world we live in now. I ‘m writing to you all today to bring you up to speed with where we are at this time.




Given we cannot meet with more than 6 people it is unlikely we will have our annual get together this year and be able to hold an AGM. I have asked the treasurer to prepare our accounts so we can disseminate the figures to the members, for their inspection.


I would ask all members to email in any questions they want to put before the committee so we can discuss when we hold a virtual AGM for this year, with the intention to hold a full AGM next year as soon as circumstances allow.




As you will have seen from Bob’s email we can only march as a platoon of 8, there were 12 total responses to Bobs email including the President, myself and Bob, he drew some names out of the hat to make up the platoon of 8 and has informed the 4 unlucky people that they may still be able to march but with the Buccaneer platoon, Bob is liaising with the Chair of the Buccaneer association and as soon as he knows how many places we can have he will let the 4 of you know. I hope you all get a place and can attend.


Boat Trip


As you know we had a boat trip organized for after the march past but due to the Covid rules we cannot do this. We had the option of moving it to next year and our deposits would be safe or trying to get a partial refund with the loss that would be incurred, a committee vote was taken and it was a majority vote to carry it forward to next year, there by not losing any deposit monies.


I look forward to the time when we can all get together again and enjoy a few beers, keep safe, I know a lot of you are already doing “buddy checks” and I thank you for that.


Stephen Abbott  Chairman

Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, 25th October 2019


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Minutes of AGM, Holiday Inn, Portsmouth. September 2019

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SHAR Accounts at handover to Jimmy Hendrick "Informal Audit"

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Minutes of Meeting 14 January 2019

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If there is anything that you would like added to the next meeting on 11th March, please contact Bob Gellett.


Update: We have heard from H Williams and he will get a sample Blazer badge to look at for us (same style as the polo shirts) He also said there 'll be no problem obtaining RED polo shirts with our logo. He is also looking at a Scalf for the Ladies .



Open Letter to the membership


I would like to thank the committee and membership for electing me to be the new Chairman of the Sea Harrier Association. I am deeply honoured to be asked to fill the shoes of our founder Chairman Tom Dawson, who has now stepped down.


I’m sure you will all want to join me in saying a big thank you to Tom, for all the hard work he has put in, getting the association up and running. I hope I can continue to keep the association flourishing, as the founder members first envisaged, with the help of the excellent committee we have in place.


Our Treasurer Lewy Lewis has indicated his wish to stand down before the next AGM, again I would like to thank him for all the hard work he has put in. We will now be looking for a volunteer to take over Lewy’s role, if you are interested please email Bob or Sandra so we can put it to the membership, at the next meeting.


Gary Neil our social secretary is looking at venues for the next AGM in Portsmouth, various venues have been suggested, but some of the venues are asking “silly” money to provide facilities. He is going to Portsmouth to check out some other venues on our behalf, and I hope we will be able to let the members know dates etc. early in the New Year.


It is my intention to host a committee meeting in January date to be confirmed, via a Skype conference call, so we can discuss our plans for 2019, and I know Bob has asked the committee members to send him their skype address, ready for the meeting.

I hope to share a tot with all of you, after we have had the small ceremony at the winged aviator, with the other FAA groups,  to toast absent friends, on Remembrance day after the march.


I look forward to seeing a lot of you in London for the weekend of the 9th-12th November, when we gather to pay our respects and “swing the lamps” over a few drinks in the UJC and other dens of iniquity that we find on our travels.

Kind regards

Stephen Abbott AKA Bud



Brian Johnstone presenting Tom Dawson with a thank you gift for ten years at the helm. 


Thank you Tom.

Left to right: Steve Abbott, Brian Johnstone, Tom Dawson and Bob Gellett

SS Almeda Star: Remembering the crew and passengers 80 years on...

On 15 January 1941 the SS Almeda Star sailed unescorted from Liverpool commanded by Captain H G Howard, Commodore of the Blue Star Line, with a crew of 166 officers and men and 194 passengers bound for Trinidad.

The ship was attacked and sunk by a German submarine U-96.


The master, 136 crew, 29 gunners and 194 passengers were lost. Among the passengers were 21 officers and 121 ratings of the Fleet Air Arm who were transiting to HMS Goshawk, the Royal Naval Air Station at Piarco.
Seven other passengers were family members of the naval aircrew, the youngest being only one year old.

Seven destroyers were ordered to search the area, but they found no survivors.

Please click on the images below to download a short summary of the event and a list of the Fleet Air Arm personnel who perished.