The Fleet Air Arm Memorial at the NRM is an Aircraft Carrier sourrounded by individual Squadron,Ship and Association plaques. Due to the popularity of these plaques the Fly Navy Federation took the decision to commission an extra ring of plaques. This should ensure that there are enough plaques available to last for a good many years. I am pleased to report that all FNF Association were fully involved in this process and this has been acknowledged on one of the new plaques.
.The Carrier was given a steam clean as part of the inprovements. Big thanks to Alan Breward for the photographs and for overseeing the work on site on behalf of the Federation. The next two images show the new layout and spruce up.
Contact the Secretary here for details and costs of a Plaque or simply to make a donation.
NMA Plaque Update & Rescrub
If you have ever visited the National Memorial Arboretum NMA you will
probably have seen the Aircraft Carrier memorial complete with a border of Plaques. These plaques have proved very popular with Ships and Association so, with an eye to the future, a second row of, as yet, unmarked plaques has been established.
Please see below some images taken by Natural Cut Stone, the company that built and maintain the memorial,in mid 2018 at the National Memorial Arboretum, following the cleaning of the Fleet Air Arm memorial.
For those that saw the discolouration of the stone after the flooded ground lin winter 2017/18, I think all will agree that the transformation is fantastic. The stones are almost as new again.
A sealant has also been applied, and this should help to protect them against ingrained dirt and algae growth for the next few years.
The cost of the cleaning, sealing and some repairs to the grout was £540. Although this is very good value, and is covered by previous donations to FNF funds we might ask for donations to cover future cleaning and restoration.
Fast forward to November 2020 when more cracking has been discovered. These will need treatment costing in excess of £1000. The plaque does not have a damp course so, long term there is the that cost to be met along with the routine cleaning entrusted to the NMA.