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NSW DINNER (27th July 2019)

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From NSW State representative Rod Smallwood


Subject: MSA Function for NSW 2019


                            Hi to all and welcome to 2019.   

After such big years for maritime in 2017 and 2018 with the transition of 11 SQN to P-8A Poseidon aircraft and the celebration of 50 yrs of P3 operations last year, 2019 is once again shaping up to be memorable.  Both 10 and 11 SQN will be 80 this year and hopefully the Wing will be getting organised to celebrate appropriately.


Hopefully, as a result of the 50th anniversary of P3 operations, many of the lost souls will once again join the maritime community.  For those members in MSA, I strongly encourage you to contact those you shared tables and stories with at the 50th and get them to contact us and either join or re-join Maritime Squadrons Association.


For those of you who have not kept up with the changes, I have taken over from Jabo as the NSW Representative for MSA and hopefully we will get to thank Jabo for all his work in the near future.


The annual MSA dinner is approaching in Canberra in March and hopefully many of you are looking for your MSA tie and pins.


As many of you will be aware, there have been some significant changes in Air Force base facility management and messing arrangements.  This continues to preclude MSA using RAAF Glenbrook.   Last year, Peter organised a dinner at the Historical Aviation Restorations Society (HARS) facility at Albion Park, NSW (Wollongong).  The tour, dinner and speeches were excellent and well received by those members and partners who attended.


This year I propose that we return to HARS again for the NSW Annual Dinner, although not on the traditional day in July.  I have tentatively booked HARS for Saturday 27 July.  The format will be similar to last year with a private tour organised of some of the aircraft, including the Qantas 747 and one of the recently retired AP3C aircraft.  Last year the dinner and drinks came to $80 and the tour of HARS was $15 per head.


Timings proposed are:

1600      meet at HARS entrance and meet tour guides

1800       pre-dinner drinks in HARS hangar

1900       Dinner and presentation by a Guest Speaker yet to be nominated



In order for me to formalise bookings and get some idea of prices, can I ask for an indication of those interested in attending this event.  The facility will easily accommodate 50 and it is heated.   A booking confirmation and all other details will be emailed out once I have some idea of numbers

My contact details are below 



Rod Smallwood



Maritime Squadron’s Association NSW Dinner and Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Tour 2019


Dear MSA Members and Guests.

Thanks to all MSA members who have responded to the invitation to attend the NSW MSA Dinner on 27 July 2019.  Currently I have 26 members and guests who have responded and I would like to encourage more MSA members to attend this year.  With all the changes in the RAAF, this is one of the few opportunities for members to get updates on what is occurring in the maritime world as well as swapping stories in a convivial environment.  The HARs facility is heated and we are given exclusive access to some of their aircraft.  The format will be very similar to last year, with HARS staff providing a personal guided tour of the HARS facilities for a small fee ($15).  We do hope to get some time in the AP3C (A9-753) that is now the only civilian registered flying AP3C in Australia.  Hopefully there will be a couple of AP3C experts in the group to provide some stories about the adventures of A9-753.


The program will commence with a short meet and greet at the entrance to HARS at 1600hrs.  There you will join your escort and spend approximately 1 ½ to 2 hrs being shown around some of the aircraft housed at HARS.  Bar snacks and pre dinner drinks will then be served in the main hangar at 1800hrs before heading upstairs for dinner and a guest speaker for the evening. 


Financial commitments are now required so we can secure catering and escort services for the tour and the evening.  Cost for MSA members and their partners is $70 and for non-members $80.  A separate fee of $15 per person is required to recompense the guides for their time, and will be collected on the night.   I can assure you that it is money well spent.  A special MSA NSW account has been opened at Defence Bank.  Please use the following details to deposit appropriate funds for inclusion in the event:


Account Name: Rodney Smallwood

BSB: 833-205

Account Number: 20441312

Reference:  last name NSW 2019


All deposits will be acknowledged via email in the first instance.  There will be an information pack on accommodation options in the area available shortly. 


Warm regards,


Rod Smallwood