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Didn't come out as I had planned, but it gives the picture I think.

My wife just came back from visiting our son, who is instructing at 1st Recruit Training Battalion at Kapooka, New South Wales, and whilst she was there, she dropped in at a garage sale, and picked this lot up for the princely sum of three bucks...

Bob

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This Canadian para badge was pinned to his ID card, he must have had some contact with them at some stage....

(it is a small badge, so forgive me on this one, hope it is all readable)....

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Nice score Bob

Here is a little about the Sky Hawks:

The SkyHawks: Canadian Forces Parachute Team

The Canadian Forces parachute demonstration team, The SkyHawks, is comprised of highly professional, skilled, and experienced soldiers from the Regular and Reserve Forces. The team has conducted over 3,400 parachute descents in preparation for their 2006 season, which runs from March until October.

Established in 1971, the team has performed in more than 4,200 shows. They have impressed more than 68 million spectators across North America and around the world including Japan, France and Australia. The SkyHawks have demonstrated at the Rolling Stones concert in the summer of 2003, at the Juno Beach Opening Celebrations in Normandy and also at the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Holland last year, highlighting the year of the Veteran.

As a sub-unit of the Canadian Parachute Centre (CPC) based in Trenton, Ontario, the SkyHawks act as ambassadors at special events, airshows and schools. The team is renowned for its signature Canopy Relative Work (CRW) parachute performances and daring displays of aerial acrobatics. They are easily recognizable because of their parachutes resembling the Canadian flag.

The team is made up of 10 permanent members and 9 temporary members from various units of the Canadian Forces. Extensive training molds the team into high-quality parachutists. The team spends 5 weeks training in the sunny skies of California, honing their skills toward a perfect performance. Members of the SkyHawks also provide instructor assistance for parachute training to members of the Canadian Forces at the CPC.

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Been talking to my younger brother about this, he left the RN only 10 years ago, he cannot remember ever seeing the para badge worn on the upper right arm in the blue unform. He was at times involved with the Submarine Parachute Assistance Group. He tells me they wore the badge on the upper right arm only in No8s/AWD and combats. Blue uniform, left cuff.

Of course BR81 should tell the story but it's not on line that I can find. Maybe as a serving member you could consult your local Master/Mistress at Arms and find the truth through ammendments. Also of interest to people I'm sure would be which arm a badge was worn on. I'm pretty sure also that there was a limit on the amount of badges that could be worn. i.e. if you were para qualified, ship's diver, marksman, helo controller, seacat aimer, navi's yeoman, commando trained et al you couldn't wear the lot. Far too transatlantic :lol:

What's that branch badge on the right arm? Was I seen off :rolleyes: ?

Right - just to clear up one point - the Submarine Parachute Assistance Group badge is completely different from the trained parachutist badge (para wings) and is an AdQual and therefore on the right wrist (oh - and only one at a time!)

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a set of 'AE' wings (Engineer of some form??)...

Not sure on this one Bob, I have seen 'FE' before, which is Flight Engineer in the RAF circa WW2. This is not an Australian badge, as we have a half-wing with an 'E' on it to indicate engineer, regardless of whatever specialisation they have. I would hazard a guess at Armaments Engineer, though it could also be Airframe or Aeronautics. Sorry, no definative answer this time...

Regards;

Johnsy

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Not sure on this one Bob, I have seen 'FE' before, which is Flight Engineer in the RAF circa WW2. This is not an Australian badge, as we have a half-wing with an 'E' on it to indicate engineer, regardless of whatever specialisation they have. I would hazard a guess at Armaments Engineer, though it could also be Airframe or Aeronautics. Sorry, no definative answer this time...

Regards;

Johnsy

Air Electronics Operator - the EW (Electronic Warfare) specialists that man Nimrod, E3D, etc

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Right - just to clear up one point - the Submarine Parachute Assistance Group badge is completely different from the trained parachutist badge (para wings) and is an AdQual and therefore on the right wrist (oh - and only one at a time!)

You are of course in this instance correct, SPAG wear the light bulb and on the right cuff as you say, AFAIK they do not have a definitive badge. I base my argument on the fact that I personally knew 2 vicars, one ex-bootie that joined the RN and one ex TA para that joined the RN. All wore the wings on the left cuff.

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Here is a shot of the SAS wings being worn by a Sergeant at the recent funeral of Private Josh Porter.

Regards;

Johnsy

Edited by Tiger-pie

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SAS sniper or sharp-shooter? Not sure on this, I will have to do some research on this badge. Whoops, sorry this was supposed to go under Aussie cloth patches. I not sure how to delete a post.

Regards;

Johnsy

Edited by Tiger-pie

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Two para items on my end....

The first is a weird stabrite bagde that came all the way from Aldershot. I say weird as its obviously some sort of silver alloy (probably) but not the usually horrid stabrite sort! Apoloigies for the lack of focus and escessive reflection - but its the only pic on my files.

I once had one with the King's crown which I lost. I have been heart broken ever since especially since it was given to me by a friend back in the scouts days who would, years later lose his life in a tragic air accident.

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