The Barnsley Branch of the RNA, along with the town of Barnsley are affiliated to the RFA Fort Victoria. An affiliation that was formed before the ship was even launched, thanks to the hard work of the late shipmate Eric Dyson.
The branch also has a close affiliation with TS Diomede, Barnsley Sea Cadets. Many of our members have been involved with cadet at some time in the life.
RFA Fort Victoria
RFA Fort Victoria was laid down at Harland & Wolff in Belfast on the 15th September 1988. On the 6th of September 1990 a bomb placed in Fort Victoria’s engine room exploded causing minor damage but no casualties. She finally sailed for sea trials two years later than planned on the 29th June 1992.
On sea trials RFA Fort Victoria suffered damage and went to Birkenhead for completion and defect rectification. On the 5th of April 1993 Fort Victoria sailed for Portsmouth still incomplete. On the 4th of August 1993, RFA Fort Victoria finally sailed from Portsmouth on sea trials.
TS Diomede, Barnsley Sea Cadets
Barnsley Sea Cadets opened its doors to cadets on the 1st September 1942.
Many of the branches members were cadets at the unit or have been involved in some other way with the unit.