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Historic images released by MoD to mark Royal Air Force centenary
06 April 2018

WAAF plotters at work in the underground Operations Room at HQ Fighter Command, Bentley Priory, NW London. A senior officer studies the unfolding events from the viewing deck above - photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

To mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force, the world's first independent air force, the (UK) Ministry of Defence have brought together a series of impressive photographs, showing the development of the Service, and its people, across the years. The images in the collection, offer an amazing insight into the RAF, showing snapshots of the people and equipment that have enabled successful operations from the air over the last century.
Harland Quarrington the MOD's Chief Photographer offered his thoughts: 'This was truly a challenging but hugely rewarding task, often it proved massively difficult to identify the history of an image. In many cases a tail number, or Squadron crest would be the only clues, but we stuck at it and with the help of our RAF friends managed to finalise this wonderful package - we are very proud of the results and of the Royal Air Force.'
Here we publish with grateful thanks to the MOD media service and the Air Historical Branch a representative selection of the pictures showing the first half century of the RAF.

Squadron Commander EH Dunning attempting to land his Sopwith Pup (N6453) on the flight deck of HMS Furious for the second time on 7 August 1917, five days after his first success - photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
A De Haviland Mosquito FB.VIs of 248 Squadron attacking a German 'M' Class minesweeper and two trawler-type auxiliaries in the mouth of the Gironde River, off Royan, France, on 12 August 1944. Bombs can be seen straddling the vessel, which later blew up - photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
The Coronation Review of the Royal Air Force by HM Queen Elizabeth II celebrating her coronation earlier that year - photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
For the 20th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 1960, a unique line-up of RAF fighters from the Battle of Britain to the present day (in 1960) - photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©


Avionics Test Centre, Denmark
12 March 2018

With the F-35 fighter aircraft being introduced in Europe currently, there is a growing need to establish European regional maintenance capabilities.
Terma has substantial expertise and experience in developing, designing, and manufacturing electronic components and software to industries and customers within the international defence market.
Scandinavian Avionics has substantial expertise and experience within the areas of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of avionics components for both civil and military aircraft and helicopters.
In practice, Terma and Scandinavian Avionics will:
- Jointly, as one team, provide a proposal on support of F-35 avionics toward the F-35 Programme Office;
- Seek mutual MRO possibilities on the EH-101 helicopter, UH-60R Seahawk, and C-130;
- Jointly invest in depot stand-up capability and seek possibilities to establish the facility in close cooperation with the Danish Ministry of Defence.


Why mentoring at sea matters
07 June 2017

The Nautical Institute is focusing on mentoring at sea in the latest edition of The Navigator, exploring how mentoring can, and has, enhanced careers and best practice.
Author Captain Andre Le Goubin contributes an article on how mentoring complements training and why the tradition must be continued. To encourage others to engage in practical mentoring, The Nautical Institute is asking readers to share their stories by e-mailing: navigator@nautinst.org.
Emma Ward of The Navigator: 'Life works better when we all pull together, and life at sea is no exception. Being able to share and benefit from each other's knowledge for the good of the entire crew is a wonderful thing and should be encouraged.'
David Patraiko adding: 'Mentoring doesn't just improve safety and better commercial services, it also improves life on board. This simple act of kindness can reduce social isolation, help overcome language and cultural barriers and generally improve our working and living environment.'


European Navigation Conference 2011
17 November 2011

It is now less than a week away from the opening of the 2011 European Navigation Conference which will be hosted in London by the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN). The spectacular venue is the new Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in Prescot Street, London E1 8GP (Tel: 020 7959 5000) close to Tower Bridge and HM Tower of London.
ENC 2011 will run from 29th November to 1st December, with a preliminary day of tutorials on 28th November.

Take a look at the programme.

Further information is available on www.enc2011.org.


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