I asked if anyone had any information about Royal Naval Team in Mountain Rescue there were a few Royal Naval person ell who came out training with us at RAF Kinloss in 1972. They from Royal Naval Air Station Fulmar ( Lossiemouth) I got two replies.
HMS Fulmar had an MRT which was a sub unit of RAF Kinloss MRT. HMS Condor, Arbroath was a sub unit of RAF Leuchars MRT at that time. Both these teams were very useful because they could increase numbers on a search significantly. They also produced some excellent climbers. We all worked very well together hill parties were always a mix of RAF and Royal Navy.
Ray Sefton ( Sunshine)
From Tony Bradshaw
In the late 60’s guys from Lossiemouth used to come out with us at the weekends … some even took us when they went diving for scallops at Badacro .Allan Jackson and Ian Cox. – thanks for your help.
RAF MRT SUB UNITS – USUALLY KEPT IN THE LOCAL POLICE STATION OR WITH A KEEPER – 1950,s. These below were set up by the First Aid Committee forerunner of the Scottish Mountain Rescue Committee and run by local clubs and the SMC.
The RAF Teams set up Sub Units all over Scotland usually in Police Stations with basic equipment available for use by mountaineers in an emergency.
Stretcher Posts. – Equipment in Scotland is now as follows:–
Skye: Glenbrittle Thomas stretcher and complete equipment
S.M.C. -Sligachan Do. S.M.C.
Fort William: Marshall & Pearson’s Garage -Do. Dr Duff, Belford Hospital Ben Nevis: The CIC Hut Do. S.M.C
Glencoe: Clachaig Do. S.M.C.
Crianlarich: Police Station Do. Lomond M.C.
Arrochar: Police Station Do. Creagh Dhu M.C.
Arran: Brodick Police (Not yet equipped) Lomond M.C.
Aviemore: Coylumbridge (Mr Grant) -Duff stretcher and complete equipment -Moray M.C.
Braemar Lui Beg Thomas stretcher and complete equipment
Grampian – Police Station Duff stretcher and complete equipment
Cairngorm – Spittal of Muick: Mr Robertson Thomas stretcher and complete equipment
Cairngorm – Glenmore Lodge became a sub – unit in 1957!
A bit more!
Having just re-read your first article on ‘Learning’ I saw you were asking about a team from Fulmar. I was at Kinloss from 1964 – 1968 and during that time we had a fairly close relationship with a group from Fulmar who belonged to, I think it was the RN Mountaineering Association’, they had a hut at Poll Dhu (The Navy Hut) and quite often when we were in the area we would join parties on the hill (and in the hut afterwards with liberal quantities of ‘neaters’ being consumed). I can’t remember any names but they did have a Lieutenant who came out with them, he was a great guy and good mountaineer, unfortunately he came to a nasty end falling in to a crevasse in Antarctica. I never heard of there being a team there nor were they a sub unit.