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Welcome to the Navy Stokers Web Site.
1500 Members February 2013
I have set up this site to enable all serving & former Engineering Personnel of the Royal Australian Navy to be able to see where this large community is now residing, or serving, how they can be contacted (if they want), and also, somewhere they can tell their old stepping oppo's what is going on in their life today. The web site will be a place where reunions can be posted, & local area smokies can be arranged between smaller groups. In other words just a 'website' that people of some similar interests can communicate through.
As we grow older we tend to look back on our youth & the mates we made, I know I do. I came to the conclusion that the mates I made from the day I joined Pussers have never left me, while some have passed away their memory will never die because people like you & I will ensure that when we are together at reunions or smokies their names will be spoken as if they were still here. Another problem that I have encountered is loosing contact with people, so I hope this site will help in 'lost oppos' making contact again.
While the name of the site is Navy Stokers, all engineering personnel can join. Stokers (steam & diesel), Mechs, Tiffies, Chippies, & Engineering Officers.
A few things I would like you to keep in mind if you become a member of this site; we don't 'slag' off at anybody, and we don't start flame wars; I am getting too old for 'agro', no porn photos to be posted to the site (except those of Stokers being Stokers,) & be patient with the moderators who have to sort out membership approvals. We all have lives to live away from our computers, so if your membership application takes a bit of time to come through don't despair, after all the blokes doing the job are 'Dusties' not bloody 'Scribes'.
To join the site just click on the "REGISTER" (Written in Blue) tab where you will be asked for your full name (as well as your user-name) your official number, & your rank/rate. Make sure you read all the directions on the joining page. One of the moderators will okay your application & then you will receive a series of emails that will help us confirm your details. If you are already a member you have the ability to send somebody an invitation.
I have arranged to have name badges & baseball hats, as well as car window stickers available for sale to help augment the costs of running the site. The name badges have the magnetic backing plate (no holes in clothing) & the cost will be $20 including post to anywhere in Australia. The baseball caps are $22 each or $40 for two including postage, and the stickers are 1 for $4, 2 for $6, 3 for $8, & 4 for $10 including postage, also we have bumper stickers "Dirty Old Men of the Sea" 2 for $5 or 5 for $10.
We have a sponsor. A very good civvy mate of mine by the name of Tony Sells, owns Australia's biggest internet wine company called, www.getwinesdirect.com. You will find Tony's banner (link) at the top of the page. Tony has helped me out previously with ex service matters & has agreed to come on-board as our official sponsor, so if you like a drop of wine (as most of us do) give them a go. Also, once you become a member of the site you have access to a special order number that will give you a 10% discount with www.getwinesdirect.com.
The crest that our site uses was put together by me to represent who we are, it has been modified a few times because the RAN thought it looked too close to their copyright, personally I think they didn't like the motto I used, but I thought it was irreverent enough to say something about who we are: 'The Custodian's of the Golden Rivet.'
I have to convey a thank you to a good mate of mine, a PO Greenie by the name of Peter Maher. Peter passed away on 29/6/2012, but he left a leagacy to the wider Naval community because of his involvment in sites like NavyStokers, PussersGreenies, & many other internet forums. I will miss Peter's input.
Thank you for looking at our site.