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- 19-06-06, 18:43 #1
I was a member of this vaunted organisation from 1990 to 1992. This was the closest I came to being RN, apart from my visit to the Recruiting office in 1991, I think I also saw one other member of RR owning up to membership.
Wanted to start a thread to see if anyone else wanted to own up and if they had any good dits from their time, will supply some of my own if I see any other culprits and as time/work permits.
I was sad to see it go in 1994, even though I had already left, an interesting group of individuals who gave their time on a voluntary basis.
19-06-06, 19:33 #2
- Join Date
- Feb 2006
- HADES !!!
Hi E-B, yes I'm one of the guilty parties, though there are one or two others here I recall, including my Ganges mad friend Seacat (he didn't go there, I did!) who I have recently discovered was in the RNXS. I found this out when I recently suggested he join to find out if I should consider rejoining, following some suggestions by fellow RumRationers - all very complicated! I think his reputation in the organisation was considerably better than mine! You know what a reputation we old matelots can get under the influence, and we can be less than polite when making comments about some officers' dress sense when in civvies ashore! You know, I bet he turns out to be an ex-RNXS HOU! Now that would be embarrassing with some of the things I've said!
I was sadly drafted to Comms Branch. No escape. Had hoped to try out the Seaman Branch to find out what they get up to. I should have played thick in my test paper! What about you?
19-06-06, 21:09 #3
Hope your typing skills were up to it, those telexes could come thick and fast.
I was actually 2nd Generation RNXS. My mum was in originally from 80-86, in the Comms branch. I was invited to join when she came back for a visit from the USA in 89.
I was actually in the engineering branch, so got to go afloat. Did some OOA trips, but never to foreign climes. Normally Blythe, Dundee or Rosyth.
Also had great fun on the courses, one day Firefigthing in Rosyth being beasted by the CPO fire-fighter, kept forgetting we were uniformed or was it uninformed "civilians" and had no idea what marching was, or doubling, or proper spacing when at attention or at ease.
20-06-06, 07:55 #4
- Join Date
- Jun 2006
Re: RNXSOriginally Posted by exploding_blancmange
I was a member of the RNXS for 3 years until it was disbanded - my ONLY naval service. I tried for the RN but failed to be passed as fit enough to serve on anything but "skimmers". I only wanted to serve on submarines. I do regret that decision now, especially having read Rum Ration - there is incredable comradeship exhibited here, but it is too late!
I was in London Unit in the Joint Ops/Comms Branch at HMS President & before that on HMS Chrysanthamum (I am not sure how it is spelt). My HOU was Hugh Sterling, a really great guy. I never completed my training in time to qualify as a QNX so remained an NX. If they ever got set up again and I could wangle my way through the medical I would definately rejoin. I thought naval training was excellent - certainly vastly superior to what the RAF have to offer. The RN coursework was challenging and intellectually stimulating and the TP course was like learning to use a primitive computer - punched paper tape and binary! I loved it! I am sorry that we didn't get to use some of the more sophisticated communication equiptment the professional RN people used, but perhaps they could only trust us with morse keys, TPs, etc!
What was the Engineering Branch like?
PS: Nozzy is an oldish friend - I met him during my criminology course at Birkbeck. He's a bit eccentric - but then as he went to Ganges that probably explains it. As he says, I am fascinated by a place I never had the (mis)fortune to go to! For the record he was 19 when I was born in 1963!
20-06-06, 15:20 #5
I was in the Grimsby Unit, the red-headed step child of the Humber Area. Our Engineering Unit was great, we had 2 Chief engineers, Stan who was the most Senior Engineer, had been with RNXS since the early 60's I believe and served on the Ham class IMS, He also helped out with the SCC, and was the engineer on their Fleet Tender too. Our Main Chiefy(who's name I sadly forget it being 14 yrs ago) actually helped build the Loyal class @ Dunstons, so he really knew what was what.
Stan was also into Western line dancing, so sometimes would come to training nights dressed as a cowboy, obviously not on inspection nights.
During one of our training weekends we attempted to create an instructional video. It was very useful if you wanted instruction in how to swear. I remember very clearly the training on running the fire main with an standalone pump, if the main pumps were disabled. The fire mains were to charged with AFFF, our chiefy managed to add an extra F, so now it was Aqueous F*cking Foam Forming Film. So the instructional Video was great if you turned down the volume, if we could have subtitled I think it might have been of use.
Also we came up with the new RNXS rank of Number 1 Bilge coolie, (the Steve McQueen movie, The Sand Pebbles had been on one Sunday afternoon). So when anyone asked who we were , if the overalls and steaming boots were not enough of a giveaway, we were "Number 1 Bilge coolie".
Great days, with a great bunch of guys.
Off topic, my Dad was also a Shotley escapee, so I too have a strange affinity to the place.
07-09-06, 02:29 #6
- Join Date
- Aug 2006
The most dedicated unselfish people you could ever come accross , and they were all rewarded by being given the bullet
07-09-06, 07:44 #7
Thanks for re-raising this topic again Percey! Of course NN and Seacat should both really be expunged as they are the same person...That's where an obsession with the G-Place gets you!
I'm awaiting a comment from Geoffrey on this one!
Right now that I've cleared the air a bit...
For my comments read Seacat's! That's quite enough of those, for the moment at least!
07-09-06, 08:04 #8
I must be honest - I sorely miss the RNXS - even if I was only one of the few people in our unit who's actually been taught to march! You got to meet people from all walks of life which is not something I often do, and got to meet some real characters. I loved walking down The Embankment from my office to HMS Chrissy whilst it was there (whilst I was still serving in the ROC - I was also attending Seamanship training meetings on Chrissy - as a guest, I hasten to add) then when he ROC was disbanded, or in Majorspeak "Stood Down", I joined the RNXS. Bit annoyed though - another 11 months in the ROC and I'd have qualified for my LSCG medal for 12 years of undetected crime. I don't know about the RN - but in the ROC your boys' time counted towards getting your medal as you did exactly the same job as the grown-ups - but were barred from any heavy lifting unaided by an adult! Still, had I joined at 15 instead of 16 I'd have got my medal It would have been nice to have been able to transfer my service in though!
HMS President was altogether different - I preferred being afloat on a real ship. Pressy was very comfy though - but it wasn't the same - it didn't have the history. I didn't "feel" the history when I entered it as I had done upon entering Chrissy. The classrooms didn't have the same atmosphere. Ironically when the RNXS got the chop too and I joined the MVS (before long-term medical problems forced me to withdraw) we did our MVS training onboard HMS Belfast where the SCC met. I much preferred those conditions! Again a real ship imbued with bags of history and atmosphere. Oh yes, and it was nice and cramped - just what I like!
07-09-06, 19:37 #9
Re: RNXSOriginally Posted by percey99
The next time I saw the RNXS was at the decommissioning of HMS Claverhouse. As sad day for the RNR - but sadder for the RNXS.
07-09-06, 19:54 #10
What pissed me off was the the US Navy knew we were to get the chop 2 years before any of us did!!! Anglo-American co-operation was very good. Sadly our own government hadn't got the guts to tell us and it was all hush-hush at the time.