Royal Navy - Retired Air Traffic Control Officers (RATCO)

Welcome to the site for the exchange of memories, current thoughts and future events of the RATCO association.   Although most visitors and regular users will be retired from the branch, membership is also open to ATCOs of the RAF and foreign services who have served with the RN and to serving RN ATCOs approaching discharge whom we warmly welcome.

We are a diverse crowd of men and women following many paths since life in uniform, some fully retired but many pursuing second careers. Some members remain engaged in ATC/ATM through their businesses, as controllers and in senior management posts in the UK and abroad. 

We aim to foster greater virtual contact, run social gatherings (formal and informal) and from time to time circulate a news sheet.  In terms of virtual content, we are starting with Social Events, History, and post RN activities, and we seek your words, pictures and links.  So please send your input to Paddy White at martinvention@btinternet.com or any of the committee.  

There is also a RATCO forum for use by registered members using the link at the bottom of the page.  This is  under development and hopefully will flourish with your interest and input.  Invitations to join the forum have been sent to all known members E-mail addresses.  If you have been missed please ask to join and confirm your current E-mail address. The forum E-mail default is, no E-mail for new posts, but if you would like to be E-mailed when there are new posts just log into the forum and change your profile defaults.

There is no membership fee or subscription and if you would like to join contact our secretary: davidbrocklebank53@gmail.com

Fresh News

1. The next Dinner will be held at the Kings Arms Charlton Horethorne on Sat 29 Sep 2018.  Details circulated 21 Feb and posted in the forum where there is also a provisional attendance list (38 confirmed and 5 probables). 

2. A well attended, memorial Lunch for Fred Ruppersbery was held on 30th May where we filled the dining room at the Ilchester Arms and shared a lovely meal and anecdotes of times long past. 

3. Geoff Bowker's wooden boat building venture is shared via a link on the "Life after the RN" page 

4. Congratulations to SATCO HMS Queen Elizabeth and all the ships company on their work to achieve commissioning on 7 Dec 17.  Great to see the white ensign raised over this mighty metal runway. (April 18 some new information on flying trials on the forum)














RATCOs Only Forum

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   With Thanks to Tim Cartoon for graphics above.