18/09/2009

Stamps Mark Naval Heritages

Weapons Engineer, Sandy Jardine - pictured on HMS Daring - the Royal Navy's newest, most powerful destroyer, lent a hand to launch Royal Mail's Royal Navy Uniforms Special Stamps.

He was helping out as Royal Mail charted over two centuries of Royal Navy uniforms on six new stamps just issued.

Each stamp reveals a significant stage in the development of the British naval uniform beginning with the gold-crested frock coat of an Admiral from 1795, through to the high-tech, high visibility uniform of a 2009 Flight Deck Officer.

Royal Navy Uniforms also highlights the strong links between the Armed Forces and Royal Mail which extends back more than four decades.
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In recent years Royal Mail has marked the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar, the 150th anniversary of the Crimean War and issued a series of Remembrance stamps.

Vice Admiral Sir Alan Massey, the Second Sea Lord, said: "The Royal Navy is delighted to be associated with this new series of Royal Mail stamps.

"These stamps reflect the great history of the Senior Service and uniquely represent changes in the Royal Navy, from the development of the Fleet Air Arm to the introduction of women at sea.

"The importance of mail to the morale of our personnel deployed around the world cannot be overstated, and Royal Mail continues to provide us with a terrific service," he said.

Royal Navy Uniforms is part of the Military Uniforms series of stamps first issued by Royal Mail in 2007 when it featured the British Army and continued last year with the Royal Air Force.

(BMcC/GK)

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