Wall of Service General Info & Application
General Information and Application Form for including your name on the Fleet Air Arm Wall of Service.
The Fleet Air Arm Wall of Service is a unique facility which records the names of members who have served (or are still serving) in or with the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm. This is achieved by means of bronze plaques affixed to a custom-built wall situated adjacent to the FAA Museum in Nowra, NSW. It is not a memorial wall – rather, it records the names of people who have served and/or continue to serve their country in (or attached to) the RAN Fleet Air Arm. You can be living or deceased.
The wall currently contains 877 plaques (as of 01 July 2017), with room for a total of 14,000. Having your name on the wall is a wonderful way to preserve your little bit of history, or perhaps you might consider it as a special gift to someone who has everything. (Note, however, that plaques ordered by relations or friends must have approval of the Next-of-Kin of the member).
The plaques are simple. They are cast in heavy bronze and feature a ‘wings’ logo (modified) of the Fleet Air Arm Association with the acronym ‘RAN’. They display the person’s name (with decorations and awards); rank/rate; official number and their date of entry/discharge. They are half a brick in size and are permanently fixed to the wall.
Policy regarding Plaques is as follows:
- Applications for a plaque must be made by the person whose name will appear on the plaque, unless they are deceased or the plaque is a gift in which case an application may be made by a third party but only with the specific approval of the Next of Kin.
- The layout of the plaque is ‘locked in’. No changes to the format will be accepted. This is to ensure the symmetry of the plaques and that everyone is treated equally. Please note also that ‘nick-names’ or other abbreviations cannot be accepted.
- The Wall does not differentiate by rank and the plaques are mounted on a ‘first in, first up’ basis. An Admiral can therefore be alongside a Naval Airman (or Seaman in today’s language).
- Groups of old classmates, relations or just good friends can be placed adjacent to each other as long as the Plaques are ordered at the same time.
- Plaques are ordered from the foundry in lots of 10 or more, so there may be a significant delay from the date of your application until your plaque is affixed.
- When new plaques are fixed to the wall an article is placed in the next Slipstream magazine. You can be notified by email if you elect to do so on the application form.
Who is currently on the Wall?
For a list of people currently on the Wall (and where their Plaque is located) click here: List of Names
Eligibility to have a plaque fitted is governed by the following controls:
- Must have been or is a member of the Fleet Air Arm, or
- Must have been/are formally attached to a unit of it – Store, Victualling, Cooks, Writers and Stewards were drafted to actual squadrons and as such qualify. CBGLO is also a qualifying posting but AJASS is not as they were not actual Squadron personnel.
- Allied Forces FAA personnel who were/are on a formal loan or exchange to the RAN are also eligible to participate in this program provided they were/are actually posted to an RAN FAA unit.
- Some Army and RAAF personnel will also qualify – these must also conform to the above qualifying criteria.
- Postings to ships’ companies, even if the ship was air-capable, do not qualify.
- Duration of Service is not a factor.
- You do not have to be a member of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia (FAAAA) to qualify, but the plaque is cheaper if you are.
Final approval for inclusion on the Wall of Service is granted by the Executive Committee of the NSW Branch of the FAAAA. The approval committee may request additional or more precise information to assist in their determination. If your application is rejected you will receive a full refund of your application fee. You may also appeal the decision by writing to the National Executive Council.
Once your plaque is affixed to the Wall of Service, notification is normally conducted via the next issue of Slipstream magazine, which is available to paid-up members of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia. If you require an earlier notification you can select to have email notification by clicking in the ’email’ box towards the end of the (electronic) application form.
Cost and Payment
The cost of the plaque is AU$160.00 for FAAA members or $190.00 for non-members, but the non-member fee will include a year’s membership subscription to the NSW Division of the Association. Payment should be made at the time of application. You can pay by cheque if you use a paper application form. Alternatively you can use the electronic application process and make an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) payment to BSB 112 879 Account 0496 124 62, with your name as the reference. Please provide the EFT transaction number in the form you fill in so that your EFT can be linked to your application.
To Apply for a Plaque on the Wall of Service
There are two ways to apply for a plaque on the Wall of Service: Electronically, or by posting your application in the Mail.
Click the red button above to access a form to apply electronically. This is the preferred method of applying. (Make sure you have completed your Electronic Fund Transfer first as you will need to provide the reference number in your application.)
Click the orange button above to access the necessary paper form and associated instructions. This method enables you to pay by cheque rather than electronic transfer, if that is your preference.