25 November 2019
All members of the RNIOA team were saddened to hear of the passing of Captain John Franklin Royal Navy. As a regular and generous contributor to our website, including his own service story, he will be greatly missed. We offer our sincere condolences to John's family and friends. Rev'd Tony Mann BA, Honorary Chaplain, RNIOA.
19 November 2019
We are pleased to publish a blog entry by Bob Young (Blog #13), entitled "Brief Reflections of an RNIO Appointer". Please visit our blog page.
12 November 2019
We are pleased to publish a blog entry by the RNIOA team (Blog #12), entitled "Teaching Methods and Personal Experiences of Three RNIOs". Please visit our blog page.
08 November 2019
The 14th IOs lunch attracted 57 attendees and was a very enjoyable occasion by all accounts. Captain Dick Abram noted how remarkable it is that, 23 years after the disbanding of the Specialisation, so many IOs are still getting together. Commander Brian Davies has now taken over as organiser. Mike Channon, our Senior Associate Editor, attended and stimulated much interest in the RNIOA and it is hoped that this will lead to more submissions for the site.
02 November 2019
We are very pleased to add Ian Mitchell's service story to the website (part two of his story to follow in due course).


14 October 2019
The 2019 annual IOs' lunch will take place at Portsmouth on Wednesday 6th November. Contact: Dick Abram (
26 August 2019
The RNIOA is extremely pleased to present a scanned copy of the "Instructor Officer Branch brochure", dating from 1965, kindly provided by Mike Channon. Please see Blog #11 on our blog page.
23 June 2019
We are pleased to publish an excellent blog entry by Mike Channon (Blog #10), entitled "The Ups and Downs of a Newly Qualified RNIO Weather Forecaster at Sea". See the blog page.
10 June 2019
RNIOA have created another item for our blog page (Blog #9) - a historic video! HMS Rapid and HMS Cavalier race for the title of "Fastest ship in the fleet" (1971).
30 May 2019
We have received another item for our blog page (Blog #8) by Mike Channon (A NATO Post in Norfolk, Virginia - Twice!). We have also added another 8 images to our gallery.
23 May 2019
We are very pleased to announce the addition of two more items to our blog page (Blogs #6 & #7) by Mike Rose (MSc Studies at RMC Shrivenham) and John Nixon (NATO HQ Brussels, 1989) respectively. We have also expanded the galleries with 5 more images kindly provided by ex-schoolies.