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Jeremy Stewart RIP                                           

New item on the Welfare page                            

New Welfare Officer                                                                     

2018 AGM & Reunion pictures                                

HRH's Old Shipmates Garden Party           

TCA White Rose Group 1st 2019 Meeting   

HMS Shoreham May 2018 Newsletter  Update to the Soberton Bell Event (see below)


HMS SOBERTON 60th Commissioning Anniversary & Ships Bell Re-Dedication Sunday 8th July

We, the TCA, received an invitation from Captain Tony McEwen RN, ex 1st Lt of HMS SHERATON, to join him and the parishioners of the village of Soberton for the above event.

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TCA Membership Fees 2017


From January 2017 the TCA Membership fee increase from £10.00 to £15.00 as agreed by a large majority at the AGM.

We are sure you will agree that this is still very good value for money. The increase has been brought about in the main due to escalating postage costs.

Up-dated Membership Application and Standing Order Mandate forms are now available for viewing and printing. Both are under the "Membership Application" link on the Home page.

Would all members who pay by Standing Order Mandate please contact their bank and update the amount now before you forget. Would those members who don't pay by Standing Order please consider doing so. It saves our Membership Secretary a lot of hassle.

TCA National Standard Bearer

Sam Cook, the TCA National Standard Bearer, is keen to hear from any organisation or association and to contact him if he can be of service at a military event.

Additionally if a TCA family would like the standard to be paraded at the funeral of a member who has 'Crossed The Bar' please contact him.

HMAS Curlew ex Chediston


I thought the group would like to know that the former HMAS Curlew a former Royal Navy Ton Class is for sale down here in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia and must be moved from its present location at the Margate Marina south of Hobart by the end of the month or it risks being seized and potentially broken up.  I believe the asking price is $300,000 AU. She is reported to still be in running order but I imagine out of survey.  She hasn’t been slipped since arriving in Hobart either.

Regards Glenn Towler

World Ship Society Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

The White Rose Group

Yorkshire Area News updated contact Allan Brown on

March Committee Meeting & Social Evening

The 2018 TCA Committee Meeting and Social Weekend took place at the Maritime Club, Portsmouth over the weekend of 9th to the 11th March see a short report. For all the information see the next edition of Ton Talk.

Life In The Tons – A Book

An important announcement about a new Ton Class Association project 'A LIFE IN THE TONS'

To read all about it

Parkinsons/Trichloroethylene (TCE)

Do you, or an oppo, suffer with "Parkinsons" ?

Did you use Trichloroethylene (TCE) during your time in the RN ? Click here to read more.

New Books

A book about the life of a WWII Minesweeping Veteran has been privately published that may be of interest to all. To learn more click here On the road to Normandy & a little beyond - A Sailors Life Story

Another new publication due for release early 2018. Co-written by TCA member Rob Hoole. To learn more

Welfare Item

Latest Information from our Welfare Officer


HMS Shoreham Visit

On Thursday 6th July members of the TCA visited HMS Shoreham If TCA Members wish to be considered for any future ships visits pass your details to our chairman.

The Secret Naval Investigator

Most Ton Class Association members have experience or knowledge of underwater weapons to some degree or other. A brilliant new book has just been published by 'Front Line Books' telling of the work carried out during WWII to disarm mines. A lot of the content will rig a bell with those who served on the early Minesweeping Tons. If interested in purchasing a copy contact me on for possible discount. To see the review

2017 TCA Events

TCA Events for 2017

New Item - It is the 30th Anniversary of the TCA this year please have a look.

To view clickhere

New Item - The White Rose Group of the TCA 1st 2017 meeting clickhere

Make a Will

Have you made your will yet. If not have a look at this free offer

Something Is Wrong

Something Is Wrong With Our Bloody Ships Today

So said Admiral Beatty at the Battle of Jutland. clickhere to read more about today's naval problems.

Hants Area Christmas Lunch

Hants Area Christmas Lunch


2018 Christmas Lunch is in the planning stage. Contact Laurie Johnson.

Walter Mittys

Exposing Walter Mitty readmore


The 40th Anniversary of the loss of HMS FITTLETON and twelve of her ships company was commemorated by services held at All Saints Church in the village of Fittleton, Wiltshire,  on 18th  September at 1500 and aboard HMS PRESIDENT on 20th  September 2016 at 1930

The majority of those onboard were Reservists from London Division, although there were others from Sussex Division and the Regular RN.

For the full story viewmore                                              

viewmore Church Service

 viewmoreHMS President Service

viewmore          Bow, London

Dangerous Game

View Dangerous Game video on TON Class Association website viewmore

The Founding Of Coastal Forces

The Founding Of Coastal Forces

WWI & WWII Fast Boats Commemoration viewmore


HMS Bronington

"BRONINGTON - We have received reports and photos that Bronington
has sunk at her berth in Birkenhead. Enquiries are being made to
determine the outcome." viewmore

Project Vernon

Project Vernon Update

Project Vernon

The summary points of where the charity's campaign is now can be viewed via the link below.


Iveston Gizits

A report & pictures of the final episode of HMS Iveston


Iveston Model 02 James Brocki

Jacks Of All Trades

Jacks Of All Trades

Re-prints readmore

Jacks Book Cover

‘Last of the Wooden Walls – An Illustrated History of the TON Class Minesweepers and Minehunters’

An Electronic Version 


Wooden Walls Book Cover

Welfare Items & Issues

Latest Welfare items as of October 2015

Lasting Power Of Attorney (LPA) & Transferable Income Tax Allowance

readmore clickhere

Bowel Cancer & Aortic Abdominal Aneurysm (AAA)

readmore readmore


Miscellaneous Items

Various miscellaneous items

The White Rose (Yorkshire) Group of the TCA June 2016 Meeting Report with picture plus 2017 thoughts


Driving Licence

Driving Licence Changes Driving Licence Logo

This could affect car hire


E-Mail Scams

E-Mail Scam Warning clickhere

8 Responses to Latest News

  1. A much improved version of the page ” Latest News Items” . The Web Site is looking very good now. Well done to all concerned ( orBravo Zulu to the “Bunting tossers among you).

    • Again many thanks. Apart from material sent to me (like yours) all the other content is all my own work. That way there is only me to blame.


  2. Regarding the callsign for HMS Beckford (P3104) it was GQVB,
    (Golf Quebec Victor Bravo).
    Thanks to Ken H on WNSF Forum.

  3. HMS BECKFORD (P3104), the callsign for this vessel was GQVB (Golf Quebec Victor Bravo), gained with help from Ken Harrow on WNSForum.

    Dave (Jack) Warner.
    Ex LRO (G)

  4. The radio callsign for hms dee (nee beckford) is GQVB – I was RO1(G) on her in 1975. My predecessor was Ron Sharples. Rgdsn Sharky Ward Do86677

  5. The radio callsign of HMS DEE is GQVB. I was RO1(G) on her in 1975, my predecessor being RO1(G) Ron Sharples from Preston. Left to join TARTAR before finishing my time in ’76. Cannot remember TARTAR c/s though!! Sharky Ward, D086677 75 recruitment HMS GANGES 1965. ++

  6. Sharkey, the callsign of the Tartar was GHGC (Golf Hotel Golf Charlie) was a RO2(G) on the 1966-1968 comission.
    Glynn Burhouse ex LRO(S) 64-71

  7. Hi Sharkey,

    Callsign of HMS Tartar was GHGC (golf hotel golf charlie) I served with R.S. Eric Silk, Tony Hewitt, Bob Strange, Barry Naylor and others 1967-69, was an RO2(G).
    Left the mob in 1971 DxP.

    Happy Burhouse ex LRO(S) D.080471

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