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Association Events Planned for 2016


At the October 2015 AGM those present discussed future events and, following much debate, decided upon the following three to be arranged for 2016.


Saturday 9th April 2016 – memorial service at the Battle of the River Plate memorial, National Memorial Arboretum probably with luncheon depending upon level of interest. Overnight accommodation could also be arranged.

Malcolm Collis is leading on this event


Tuesday 23rd August to Tuesday 30th August 2016 – The Town of Ajax have agreed to host an official visit from the Association to mark, to the day, the 40th Anniversary of the visit of the Frigate Ajax. Town events will take place on the Friday, Saturday & Sunday with other trips being organised by Debbie Steer for the other days.

Nigel Masters, Debbie Steer & Malcolm Collis are leading on this event.


Saturday 1st October 2016 – a change of venue, and day of week, for the 2016 reunion to the Royal Beach Hotel Portsmouth where we held the 2014 Anniversary luncheon. Accommodation for those who wish to stay over is being arranged.

Peter Danks is leading on this event.


Members on email will have received notification already for these events but on behalf of your Association please all of you let me know as soon as you can, even if tentative, whether you are able make any or all of these events and if accommodation is likely to be needed. We really do need an indication of the level of support, one way or the other, to allow us to plan for these events.

Malcolm Collis

New FAQs and information added to website


Information relating to The Battle of the River Plate and the 2014 commerorations can be found here and contains a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section

D-Day 72th Anniversary - June 6th 1944

We should not forget the part HMS Ajax and her crew played in the D-Day landings. She left the Clyde on 4th June and by the 6th she was off Gold Beach, Normandy coast, ready for the D-Day assault. Ajax was the first ship to open fire on D-Day and within eight minutes had destroyed her first target, a battery of 5.9 inch guns at Longues, at a range of 12,000 yards – she fired 114 six inch shells with direct hits through two of the 5.9 inch gun ports of the three guns. She returned to Portsmouth on the 9th.

One of our Association members, Richard Llewellyn, was featured in the BBC 1 series of programmes D-Day 70 Heroes Remembered in which he gives a wonderful account of his experiences on that day from the diary he kept. The programme, Episode 2, was screened on 3rd June at 9.15 a.m. and can be viewed through BBC iPlayer

2016 Memorial Service held at the NMA Saturday 9th April - report can be found HERE


A report on the latest trip to Ajax, Ontario August 2016 can be found HERE