About the Royal Naval Association

With over 20,000 members across 300+ branches in the UK and overseas, we are a family of current and former Naval Service personnel, relatives and supporters of our country's Royal Navy.

    Whether we are catching up with friends at our regular social events, fundraising, advising on welfare and employment matters, or just providing an arm around the shoulder, our natural willingness to help others stems from the tradition and camaraderie that only Naval Service life can instil. Everything we do is inextricably linked to our core values :

Our core values


Shared backgrounds and equality in rank. We share the same bonds, the same mindset, and even the same language (Jackspeak!). We are all equal. We are the heart and soul of the RNA.


To each other and our dependants. We will always support and look out for each other. Our loyalty is to all our shipmates, our local communities, the personnel and dependants of the Naval Service, along with other charities or organisations with naval connections.


We are proud to serve and proud to represent our country and the Naval Service. Our pride in serving our country never leaves us. Nor do we forget those who have fallen for our country or who fight now. We are deeply honoured to represent them on both a national and international level.


Friends in fun, fellowship and need. Your shipmates will always be here for you, whether it's about a job, ideas for a fun day out or just an arm around the shoulder. We will never leave you or your dependants in despair.

History of the City of Edinburgh Branch

The Royal Naval Association had a Branch and Club at 20 Ainslie Place in Edinburgh in the 50's and 60's. The club closed down and the Branch disbanded sometime in the late 60s.  In 1994, whilst a loft was being cleared out in an Edinburgh house, the old Branch Standard of the City of Edinburgh Branch was discovered.  The Standard was handed over to the Rosyth and West Fife Branch Royal Naval Association so that they could make arrangements to have the old Standard Laid Up in a cathedral or church, the normal routine for the disposal of unused or disbanded Branch Standards.       

    The late Shipmate Donald Simpson, the then Secretary of the Rosyth & West Fife Branch, decided he would see if it was possible to re-form the Branch prior to making the arrangements for the laying up of the City of Edinburgh Branch Standard.  Adverts were placed in local papers calling for ex Royal Navy personnel who were interested in forming an RNA Branch in Edinburgh to attend an initial meeting in the Royal Scots Club in Abercrombie Place.  Some 40 to 50 people attended this initial meeting.  From this meeting it was decided that the City of Edinburgh Branch Royal Naval Association would be reformed.  The re-commissioning meeting was held in the Royal Scots Club on 15th March 1995.  The Branch Standard was then re-dedicated at a service in St Giles Cathedral followed by a civic reception in the City Chambers on the 9th March 1996.  The Branch membership currently stands at 23 full and associate members.

Shipmate Donald Simpson has gone on to help with the founding of new RNA Branches in Glasgow, Perth, Stirling and Inverness.