Commander C J Bryning Royal Navy
Chris was educated at Tavistock School and at King’s College, London where he took
a BSc Degree in Engineering before joining the Navy as a short service Seaman Officer
in September 1975. Having passed out of Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
he completed his sea training in HMS DIOMEDE for which he was awarded the Queens
Telescope. While serving in DOIMEDE he took part in the 1976 Cod War in which the
ship was rammed 6 times by various Icelandic patrol boats until she had to retire
hurt with a 40 foot by 6 foot gap in the port side which provided a lovely sea view
from the Wardroom. He also volunteered to transfer to Aircrew as advised by his Commanding
Officer, Captain Bob McQueen.
His first complement billet was in 1977 as Gunnery and Mine Hunting Control Officer
in HMS BILDESTON during which he completed his Bridge Watch keeping and Ocean Navigating
Certificates. Short of Watchkeeping Officers the Appointer offered a transfer to
Aircrew with two caveats; a pier head jump to the Fisheries Protection Minesweeper,
HMS BICKINGTON, as Navigating Officer and a transfer to the General List. Accepting
both Chris joined BICKINGTON at the end of 1977. For his last 4 months he took over
as First Lieutenant on the medical landing of the appointed Officer.
Flying Training started in September 1978 with EFT at RAF Leeming followed by selection
for helicopter training at 705 Squadron, AFT and OFT in 706 Squadron as an ASW pilot.
He joined 820 Squadron in 1980 for his first tour during which the squadron transferred
to HMS INVINCIBLE for her first commission. In 1981 he moved to 829 Squadron for
Wasp training and joined HMS DIDO as Flight Commander in early 1982. Although part
of the Spring Train exercise initially sent south to the Falklands, DIDO was soon
recalled and dispatched to defend Gibraltar against possible Argentinian threats
He returned to the Minehunting world in 1984 as Commanding Officer of HMS HUBBERSTON
and subsequently HMS NURTON during which he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander.And
it was during is time that his close links with the town of St Ives were forged as
HMS NURTON was the town’s affiliated ship. In 1985 it was back to flying as Senior
Pilot 820 Squadron and the first commission of HMS ARK ROYAL. After a short period
as Commanding Officer of the Aircrewman’s School at Culdrose he was appointed to
the Navy Secretary’s staff as the Pilot’s Appointer.
Promoted to Commander in 1991 he completed the Joint Service Staff Course at Greenwich
before joining FOST Staff at Portland as Staff Officer Operations. During this appointment
his major responsibility was the study and subsequent paper which decided the move
of FOST to Plymouth and the closure of the naval base at Portland. His next appointment
was as Commander (Air) RNAS Culdrose during which he was selected for sea command.
He assumed command of the Type 23 frigate, HMS IRON DUKE, in 1995 where he served
until 1998. During this time the ship was the first surface vessel to visit the Russian
port of Murmansk to represent the Royal Navy for the celebration of the 300th anniversary
of the death of TSAR Peter the Great, the father of the Russian Navy. His last appointment
in the service was as DACOS J2 Ops in the Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood.
He left the service at the end of 1999.
He joined the Royal Navy Reserve (Air Branch) on leaving, as a Lieutenant Commander,
and as DSOO in the FONA Embassy at Northwood. This soon morphed into supporting J3
and J5 Operations under COMNA and then Fleet Aviation on the move to Leach Building,
Whale Island. The post did not survive the Fleet First review and so he was re-rolled
in Commander (Flying) at RNAS Culdrose. He was promoted Commander RNR and assumed
the duties of SO1 RNR at RNAS Culdrose from 1 Jan 12 to 1 Jan 14.
In civilian life he now works as a commercial pilot flying a Twin Otter to the Isles
of Scilly from Land’s End and Newquay. Chris lives near Helston and is married to
Lindsay. His interests are skiing, golf and gliding; he is presently the Secretary
of the Royal Navy Gliding and Soaring Association.
Keith Thomas Hodge
Keith joined the Royal Navy on the 12 September 1960 aged sixteen for entry as an
Artificer Apprentice at HMS Fisgard Torpoint Cornwall. After sixteen months at HMS
Fisgard He volunteered for Ordinance Artificer Training at HMS Caladonia Scotland.
However he completed his Training at HMS Collingwood Fareham Hampshire and qualified
as an Electrical Artificer 3rd Class ie Leading Hand and joined his first ship HMS
Cambrian with the responsibility of ASDIC (SONAR) and Mortars. He thoroughly enjoyed
this experience and was determined to remain at sea for ever on small ships cruising
the waters around Singapore and Hong Kong
After one year in HMS Cambrian and requesting “Any small ship anywhere” he went
to HMS Collingwood as a Petty Officer for Pre Commissioning Training (PCT) as Gyro
EA and Ships Inertial Navigation Sytems (SINS) joining HMS Eagle (The biggest ship
in the Fleet).
On the 9 May 1969 HMS Eagle docked at Portsmouth and Keith left the ship. On the
Saturday the 10th May He married Susan, a Pompey girl whom he’d been courting for
eight years. (Damned ship should have docked at home port of Plymouth).
After eight weeks leave, consisting of absolute boredom and poverty, He joined HMS
Collingwood as a CPO for instructional duties, estimated duration 36 months. On the
4th January 1970 Keith walked through HMS Dolphin (Fort Blockhouse) gates for Submarine
Training, still muttering “You have got the wrong man”. After 4 Months he Joined
HM Submarine Walrus for part three training, remaining on it for three years. He
took the Submarine into Rosyth Dockyard for refit.
Because he was going to be there for at least two years he moved his wife, young
daughter and cat to Scotland. Six months later he was drafted to Flag Officer Submarine
Staff at HMS Dolphin. Having served in HM submarines, Sealion, Otter, Sealion, Odin,
Sealion. He left the Service on 10th April 1984 and joined Marconi as Senior Trials
Engineer (Submarines and weapons). After weekending to St Ives for a considerable
time Keith retired to St Ives in May 1999 and helped Sue his wife run their small
hotel. He became the Manager of the National Coastwatch St ives which post held
for 10 years. He Joined the RNA in 2001
Born 17th January 1954. Brought up in St.Ives and educated at the Stennack infant
and junior school (now the surgery) from there to the Belyers school. Joined the
Royal Navy 13th of October 1969 at HMS Raleigh as a boy seaman. Part two training
was at HMS Pembroke, S and S training school. Drafted to HMS Seahawk (RNAS Culdrose)
1972, joined HMS Bulldog (survey ship) until 1974,then re joined RNAS Culdrose. Other
ships and shore bases were RNAS Yeovilton, RNAS Prestwick, HMS Sultan (A I B), 824
sqdn RNAS Culdrose (HMS Ark Royal). HMS Ajax for one week cows week I.O.W. Other
ships HMS Cuxton (fishery protection), HMS Leeds Casle (patrol). CMDR Mine warefare
for 18 months then went to Wembury Point for small arms and patrol training for Northern
Island, then joined HMS Cuxton for Northern Island patrols (SNONI). 1990 received
had a back injury and drafted off Cuxton to HMS Cochrane where was declared medicaly
unfit for sea and for the last three years of service worked in the Disipline Office
with the R N provost staff until 1993, when was medically discharged. Was married
to a WREN and have two grown up children both living in Scotland and two grand children
(that are know of). Moved back to St.Ives around 2006 and iam very happy with my
partner and have met good friends through the Royal Naval Association and the Royal