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Navy Deferred Pension

Did you serve after 6 April 1975 and leave before you had complete 22 years service or Officers after 16 years service? If so, you are reminded that you may be entitled to a preserved pension from age 60. Read on...........

 

Prior to 6 April 1975 there was no provision for a preservation of pension benefits and service

personnel who left the armed forces had to have completed 16 years from age 21 (officers) or 22

years from age 18 (other ranks). Those who left before that date without completing the above

criteria, lost all pension entitlement. (This is very unlikely to change despite appeals to the Govt)

The rules changed on 6 April 1975 to provide for pensions to be deferred for payment at age 60

for all those discharged over the age of 26 with a minimum of 5 years service. On 31 March 1978

the age criterion was dropped and on 6 April 1988, the qualifying period was reduced from 5 to 2

years. Deferred pensions can be claimed at age 60 or at age 65 if your service began after 5

April 2006 and after that point. However, you can claim your preserved pension sooner if you

become permanently incapacitated.

 

Service pensions are administered by Veterans UK but pension payments are made by

Paymaster (1836) Ltd, the paying authority for the Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS).

For further information For help and information on your armed forces pension please ring the

Veterans UK on 0800 085 3600 or write to:

 

Veterans UK Pension Division

Mail Point 480

Kentigern House

65 Brown Street

Glasgow, G2 8EX

 

Preserved Pension Claim Form: AFPS (Form 8)

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The Riders Branch of the Royal Naval Association

Shipmates may be interested to hear about the newly formed Branch of the RNA - the Riders Branch which was commissioned in April 2018 and the formation of the Branch formally approved by National Conference in June 2018.

Full membership is available to those who have an interest in motorcycling as well as a maritime background in the Armed Services e.g Royal Navy, Royal Marines and associate membership for those who have not served but who wish to support. Its aim is to be diverse in their membership with all ages and genders included and to encourage all members to play an active role within the Branch nationally and as the membership increases into areas, forming local groups to meet.

For many people this will be a second membership of the Association itself so that they can continue their support for their current branches in the UK and other parts of the world.

For more information email the Chairman, Bernie McPhillips (bmcphillips@btinternet.com) or the Hon. Secretary, Roslyn Hastie-Murray (sec.ridersrna@yahoo.com ) or see the FaceBook page - Royal Naval Association Riders Branch.

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