Welcome to HMS Resolution Association
This site is to serve the Officers and Ratings of HMS Resolution's crew. The initial idea coming from several ex-crew members making contact after many years out of the service. The site contains a photo gallery and forum for the ex-serving members to post their comments, on both their time within the service and their life since leaving.
HMSm Resolution was commissioned in 1967 and decommissioned in 1994 and is currently laid up in Rosyth Dockyard along with her fellow SSBN sister ships, HMSm Repulse, HMSm Renown and HMSm Revenge until such times as the RN can dispose of them in a suitable way.
HMSm Resolution served her country for 27 years and an educated guess would put potential lifetime crew numbers into thousands, that is the aim of this site, to bring together some of the surviving members, to talk over old times and forge new friendships with a common interest.
The content of the site is totally down to the members, visit the forum and register an account and your name will be added to the crew, or whether it be a photo or memory you wish to share with us which you can add to the gallery, or were more than happy to oblige by adding it in, you dont have to be a website guru, all we need is you to give us your input and we'll do the rest. Think of this as your portal to have your say, to make contact with lost comrades to spin a ditty or two or just to make new friends.
We have now held three reunions of the association. Our first reunion was in 2010 which was an outstanding success. Held at North Queensferry Hotel over the weekend of March 19 to 21st 2010 we combined our reunion with a visit to Babcocks Rosyth Dockyard where we were shown around the new aircraft carrier build and allowed onboard HMS Resolution.We held our Inaugral dinner on the Saturday evening with over 120 ex crew members attending. We raised over £700 for charity and £600 for the Association. A good weekend alround.
Our second reunion 2011 was held near Derby at the Mickleover Court Hotel, on this occassion we raised our standard for the first time having it blessed by Reverand Tony Wood at the National Memorial Arboretum, at the sametime we dedicated a bench within the Naval area to all those past and present crew members, you can see this near the Submarine Association Memorial. Our mess dinner on the saturday night seen us raised nearly £1500 for charity, not only for Combat Stress, but also SSAFA and the RNLI.
Our third reunion 2012 was held at the Beardmore Hotel in Glasgow over the weekend of 23rd March to the 25th March, and what a busy, well organised affair it proved to be, I would with respect, single out our Events Manager (Paddy Stott) for a magnificent, full programme. Once again, we collectively remain a ‘Giving’ Association’ by raising what I believe would be £20 short of £1,000 for charity, well done on that front.
We installed our new Chairman (Matt Wilcock), our new Deputy Chairman (Miles Sharp), a new Membership Secretary in Dave Goodman, and of course, me, your new President William Dobson (Ex-Grocer), which also saw us move our Financial Year End right to accommodate giving a true reflection of Association Funds once our Hotel Reunion costs have been satisfied.
I couldn’t find fault with the choice of venue, the food was of a high standard, equalled by the staff performance, as previously mentioned, Paddy Stott managed to get a visit to the Naval Base in Faslane with not one, but two platforms to have conducted tours on, a visit into the WO & Senior Rates Mess, a lovely finger buffet, a freebie first drink from the bar, a look around the FOST building, a wreath laying ceremony at the Polaris Commemoration Stone, The ‘Still was sounded by Chuck on the Bosun’s Call, followed by the ‘Carry On’ after Matt laid the wreath on behalf of the Association (Chuck requires back class lessons at piping). The Sunday was a day to say our fond farewells, however, before we departed, Paddy Stott again one jump to the fore drove a small party to the Faslane Graveyard to visit two old shipmates who were buried there, with Jock laying his wreath on his good buddie Wally Wyatt’s grave.
The monies raised came from Jock Stuart’s sponsored hair cut, coin throwing at the bottle of booze, the raffle of the Gun Shell acquired by Jock Stuart, a further raffle for prizes kindly donated by members and then several auctions of donations from members also.
One last observation if I may, Chuck may be in need of piping practice (but not bad for a clankie!) BUT, Martin (Paddy) Croft, your guitar skills and singing help send everyone to bed by 04.30 Sunday morning Ha!
HMS Resolution Association President.
You can see some of the many photo's taken over the reunion weekends by following the gallery link on the nav bar or here.
Please if you have any suggestions or something doesn't work as it should on the website contact me here If you wish to be involved email me as all help is greatly appreciated.