No. 11 AREA

Royal Naval Association Objectives

The Royal Naval Association granted its Royal Charter in 1954 is the principal Naval Association recognised by the Admiralty Board and is a Registered Charity. Full Membership is open to all serving and ex-service members of the Naval Forces including the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, QARNNS, WRNS, Reserves and all ranks and specialisations.

Associate membership is available to other persons over 18 years of age who have a close interest in the sea, such as Merchant Navy, Coastguards, RNXS, Sea Cadets and anyone who is in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Association.

Today the Royal Naval Association has a membership exceeding 20,000 in 387 Branches, the vast majority of which are in the UK and Eire. In addition, under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding agreed with the Royal Navy in 2008, personnel serving with the Royal Navy are deemed to be non-paying Serving Members of the Royal Naval Association.


  • Established to further the efficiency and well being of the Service, preserve its traditions and encourage recruiting.
  • To foster comradeship and “esprit de corps” amongst those who have served or are serving in our Naval Forces.
  • To provide facilities for bringing Members together.
  • To perpetuate the memory of those members of our Naval Forces who have died in the service of their country.
  • To provide relief from conditions of need, hardship or distress, to persons who serve in or have served in the Naval Forces.
  • To advise and assist Members in their search for employment.
  • To advise Members on personal matters, such as pensions, compensation, health and social security benefits and other subjects.