Archive | January, 2012

FALKLANDS 30

17 Jan

In 2012 it will be 30 years since the Falklands conflict took place.  To mark this anniversary the Fleet Air Arm Museum is planning a new exhibition which will not only look again at the events of the spring and summer of 1982 but also tell the stories of those who served in the conflict, the families they left at home and the experience of the Falkland Islanders.

To help present the human side of this military campaign as clearly as possible they need to have those personal stories – the voices of individuals on whom the conflict had the greatest impact.

They are asking if you are interested in:

a) providing one abiding memory you might have of the conflict – this might be to do with the military campaign itself or it might be something not directly connected to military operations but that is indelibly linked in your memory to the period of the conflict;

b) being recorded sot hat your reminiscences are added to our oral history archive but might also be used in the exhibition; and

c) letting them know of any objects or material of interest they might have from that time that you would be willing to loan to the museum for the duration of the exhibition (about 1 year).

If any of you would like to be involved in this exhibition in this way then if you would contact Susan Dearing, in the first instance by email at falklands30@fleetairarm.com, she would be very pleased to hear from you.

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SAMA (82) Concessionary Flights

15 Jan

Under the current Indulgence scheme, holders of the South Atlantic Medal (SAM) are eligible to apply for an indulgence seat on the MOD air bridge. There is no guarantee of a seat and confirmation of a seat is only given 48hrs before the departure date.

Following discussions with the MOD, a new scheme is to be introduced which will allow those eligible to purchase a ticket for the air bridge which will guarantee a seat. It should be noted however that the emergency movement of military personnel will continue to have priority over fare paying passengers.

The new scheme has been extended to allow family members to visit the Falkland Islands.

Eligibility is as follows:-

  • Holders of the SAM

  • Holders of the SAM + 2 immediate family members, for example wife plus son or daughter.

  • NOK of holders of the SAM + 1 immediate family member, for example widow plus son or daughter.

The cost of a return ticket will be £275, to be paid at RAF Brize Norton, most major credit or debit cards will be accepted. (This fare is due to increase on 1st April 2012).

Two months notice is required for application for a flight and confirmation of the seat will be given two weeks before the flight date.

Documentation

Passengers must be in possession of a current passport plus comprehensive travel insurance which specifically includes medical repatriation from the Falkland Islands.

Full information and application forms can be found on the “Falklands Concessionary Flights” page in the Drop Down menu of the “News & Events” tab.

Click here to go direct to the page

42 Commando RM 30th Reunion

3 Jan

42 Commando Royal Marines Falklands 30th Anniversary to be held over the weekend 8-10 June 2012.

For more information, please go to : www.bootneck.co.uk

Falklands War Poetry Request

3 Jan

The Editor of the war poetry website, writer and publisher, Mr David Roberts, is planning an anthology of war poetry of the Falklands War of 1982.

The core of this book will be the Falklands War poetry that is currently seen on the war poetry website (www.warpoetry.co.uk), but David Roberts would be very interested to see any other poetry written by veterans of the campaign or their relatives written either at the time of the conflict or more recently.

The book will be published towards the end of March 2012.  Any poetry available would need to be submitted very quickly by email with the poetry either in the text of the email or in an attached word document.

The deadline for the submissions is Monday 9th January 2012.

Submissions should be sent to editor@warpoetry.co.uk