815 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) has developed a number of formal links and affiliations with other organisations. The Squadron is proud to have links with the following organisations and endeavours to maintain a meaningful association at every opportunity.
The Worshipful Company of Bakers
The Bakers’ Company can trace its origins back to 1155 and is the City of London’s second oldest recorded guild. The Company plays an active role in the continuing development of the baking industry and allied trades nationally and internationally through training, scholarships and as an authoritative and independent voice in food manufacture and retailing. The Company maintains a significant programme of charitable support. For more information http://www.bakers.co.uk/
627 Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy
627 Squadron currently operates the Super Lynx with a very similar role to 815 NAS. They provide Flights to frigates and destroyers of the Republic of Korea Navy on security patrols around the Korean Peninsula and as far west as the Gulf of Aden on counter piracy duties.
In a further sign of the two Squadrons' similarity, 627 are due to transition over the next few years to the Agusta Westland 159 ASW Variant, sister to our own Wildcat, presenting a perfect opportunity for the affiliation to be established.
The Commanding Officer of 815 Squadron, Commander Alastair Haigh, said "This is a hugely significant new affiliation with a very capable new partner in a part of the world that is likely to become increasingly important to the Royal Navy and the UK as a whole”.
Cambridge University Royal Navy Unit (URNU)
Based in Cambridge, with a P2000 class patrol boat operating from Ipswich Haven Marina, CURNU is one of 14 URNU units around the country tasked to broaden the experience of its undergraduates and to provide training and experience in the maritime setting. The students who attend are offered a mix of land based and sea borne training, are introduced to the Royal Navy ethos and taught a wide range of skills including navigation, seamanship and ship handling, as well as general leadership and public speaking. To learn more about Cambridge URNU and HMS Trumpeter visit http://www.srcf.ucam.org/curnu/index.shtml.
Malta GC Sea Cadet Corps (SCC)
The Training Ship (TS) St Paul was commissioned on February 8, 1962, at HMS Phoenicia, Manoel Island. After over 50 years operating as a SCC, TS St Paul is still going strong, providing a base for enthusiastic young men and woman to take part in theoretical and practical training in nautical and maritime subjects within the context and based on Naval traditions. http://maltaseacadets.com/
Royal British Legion (RBL) Bruton Branch
On the 11th November 2011 the Bruton branch of the RBL became affiliates. The Royal British Legion plays an important role in fund raising and support for our armed forces and veterans. In addition, the RBL supports the families of serving and ex-serving personnel when required. 815 NAS is proud to be affiliated with such a worthwhile organisation. For more information about the work of the RBL, or to pledge support please visit http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/.
Victoria College Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Jersey
Victoria College CCF provides its pupils with a Ministry of Defence sponsored extra-curricular activity. Its aim is to "provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that pupils may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance". The CCF contingent at Victoria College takes on 50 cadets each year from year 10 and above and is a popular choice amongst its students. Full details on the unit’s history and activities are available on the following website. http://www.victoriacollege.je/combined-cadet-force.aspx
Elizabeth College Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Guernsey
Elizabeth College CCF was founded in 1902 and is open to students in year 10 and above who choose to serve in the Royal Navy, Army Signals or Royal Air Force sections dependent on their interests. More details are available at the following website. http://www.elizabethcollege.gg/extra-curricula.htm.
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