On 7 May 2009, the Fleet Air Arm begins celebrations to mark 100 years of Naval aviation (eat your heart out Crabs - you've only got 90 years in!) The question is, what is the relevance of such an anniversary observing that, from my perspective, the ethos of service, duty and loyalty to Crown and Country appears to have been seriously undermined in recent years. Are the achievements of our predecessors in both world wars (too many to list but think East Africa, Belgium and France during WW1. The Battle of Britain (many FAA pilots), Taranto, Atlantic Convoys, 'Bismark' and not forgetting the Far East fleet and, more recently, Malaya, Borneo, Aden, Balkans, and the Middle East) remembered by those currently serving and not just those of us 'oldies'? There is one school of thought that has a sneaking suspicion that this is just another PR stunt designed to put one over on the RAF (and why not?) but, and this is the point - is it relevant? Will it be supported wholeheartedly by serving people? and, most importantly, will it have any impact on the civilian population who apparently are apathetic (at best) to the efforts of the military who preserve their freedom.