News & Events

 30 July 2020

We have just added a new fascinating article - Duncan Baker talks about his adventures during a married accompanied appointment in Australia. See our articles page.

 06 July 2020

We have recently added three new articles to the site - Bob Young talks about his experience during two invasions, and Ieuan Roach shares many of his RN memories with us. See our articles page.

 02 June 2020

We have just received a new service story - that of Lieutenant Commander Alastair (Al) Williamson, who was an RNIO between 1966 and 1976. He served most of his commission as a METOC officer.

 23 May 2020

We are delighted to publish the service story of Lt Cdr Ieuan E. Roach RN, whose 23-year career commenced in 1945 as a trainee Warrant Officer Schoolmaster aboard the Battleship HMS Malaya, continued as an Instructor Lt in 1946, and finished with distinction in the Royal Marines. We commend it to our readers.

 17 May 2020

We are pleased to announce that we have added a new article about digital safety and security - a subject that concerns us all in this modern, connected world. See our articles page.

 18 April 2020

Commander Keith Hart RN has produced a website to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII ( It contains fascinating, detailed and highly informative, personal accounts of the many aspects of wartime, and we recommend it to you.

 19 March 2020

We have just received another story for our stories page, from an overseas comrade, Commander John Berridge, who was an IO in the RNZN from 1970 to 1990.

 15 March 2020

We have received a fascinating article about two distinguished WW1 Instructors - Dr Frederick Wheatley and Commander Morton Moyes, RAN. See our articles page.

 04 March 2020

We are delighted to add a Royal Australian Navy service story to our site. Richard Fennessy was an RANIO from 1938 to 1966.

 11 January 2020

We are very pleased to add part II of Ian Mitchell's service story to the website.

 25 November 2019

All members of the RNIOA team were saddened to hear of the passing of Captain John Franklin Royal Navy. As a regular and generous contributor to our website, including his own service story, he will be greatly missed. We offer our sincere condolences to John's family and friends. Rev'd Tony Mann BA, Honorary Chaplain, RNIOA.

 19 November 2019

We are pleased to publish an article by Bob Young (Article #13), entitled "Brief Reflections of an RNIO Appointer". Please visit our articles page.

 12 November 2019

We are pleased to publish an article by the RNIOA team (Article #12), entitled "Teaching Methods and Personal Experiences of Three RNIOs". Please visit our articles page.

 08 November 2019

The 14th IOs lunch attracted 57 attendees and was a very enjoyable occasion by all accounts. Captain Dick Abram noted how remarkable it is that, 23 years after the disbanding of the Specialisation, so many IOs are still getting together. Commander Brian Davies has now taken over as organiser. Mike Channon, our Senior Associate Editor, attended and stimulated much interest in the RNIOA and it is hoped that this will lead to more submissions for the site.

 02 November 2019

We are very pleased to add Ian Mitchell's service story to the website (part two of his story to follow in due course).

 14 October 2019

The 2019 annual IOs' lunch will take place at Portsmouth on Wednesday 6th November. Contact: Dick Abram (

 26 August 2019

The RNIOA is extremely pleased to present a scanned copy of the "Instructor Officer Branch brochure", dating from 1965, kindly provided by Mike Channon. Please see Article #11 on our articles page.

 23 June 2019

We are pleased to publish an excellent article by Mike Channon (Article #10), entitled "The Ups and Downs of a Newly Qualified RNIO Weather Forecaster at Sea". See the articles page.

 10 June 2019

RNIOA have created another item for our articles page (Article #9) - a historic video! HMS Rapid and HMS Cavalier race for the title of "Fastest ship in the fleet" (1971).

 30 May 2019

We have received another item for our articles page (Article #8) by Mike Channon (A NATO Post in Norfolk, Virginia - Twice!). We have also added another 8 images to our gallery.

 23 May 2019

We are very pleased to announce the addition of two more items to our articles page (Articles #6 & #7) by Mike Rose and John Nixon. We have also expanded the galleries with 5 more images.

 14 May 2019

We are very pleased to announce the addition of another item to our articles page (Article #5) - "Hong Kong, HMS Tamar and the Royal Observatory" by Mike Channon. Mike has also kindly agreed to let us add twelve of his personal images to our "METOC" and "Individuals" galleries.

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