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 or any of the committee.  

This is a new approach, so we will try not to be too prescriptive and see where it goes. The website is probably a bit clunky and could benefit from more expert IT input; fancy a go as our webmaster?

There is also a RATCO forum for use by registered members using the link at the bottom of the page.  This is also 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:

Fresh News

1. 32 have now reserved their places for the reunion dinner on Sat 8 April 2017 at the Queen's Arms, Corton Denham, Somerset.  Details are available on the Social Thread in the forum.   Committee met there 28 Nov. 

2. We regret to notify the passing of Charles (Charlie) Stirling, who died peacefully on 20th February, aged 82.
The Funeral Service is on Wednesday 15th March at the Oaks Crematorium, Havant at 1.00 pm. No dress code, strictly immediate family flowers only. Ovations may be made for the Woodlands Trust or Action Aid (cheques only please): c/o Michael Miller and Partners Ltd, 27 High Street Petersfield, GU32 3JR. Tel. 01730 233244.

3. The Lee Flying Association are planning an event the celebrate 100 years of aviation at the former HMS Daedalus for the last weekend of July 2017. I will post details on the socials page as they emerge.

RATCOs Only Forum

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   With Thanks to Tim Cartoon for graphics above.