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Find out what membership of the Minewarfare Association can offer. In an increasingly impersonal world, The  MWA provides friendship and fellowship in a fun friendly atmosphere.

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Here since 2008, we have had a lot of fun and made new friends and renewed aquaintences…

Everyone has a story to tell and loves to spin a few dits along the way. Here is ours…

A short History

What we can offer

Being a member is more than just keeping up with old friends…


We have a constitution that sets out how we operate, how decisions are made, and the procedures we follow to ensure calm waters for all. Our members can be assured of a well proven system of organisation and governance.


Friendship often begins as a result of sharing an experience or doing things together. We all went through the similar experiences, and so we work hard at creating the right conditions for that companionship to thrive.


The MWA subscribe to the idea that diversity has the potential to be the source of collective creativity and insight. We above most have see what teamwork and collaboration can bring.


It’s almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you’re just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy. — John Cleese

Shipmates Ahoy!

We endeavour to keep our members informed and never forget our friends and shipmates across our sister organisations. We respect….etc etc


The Conference of Naval Associations (CONA). A growing federation of over 70 like-minded naval associations who believe in working together for the benefit of their members.


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.


The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families.


There are many other associations and organisations of interest, let us know if you think you are of interest…

Some of Our Friends…

Visit the web sites of some of our friends. Watch this space for more links in the future…

Vernon Monument

Project Vernon is a charity committed to designing, constructing and installing a monument at the former HMS VERNON, in Portsmouth, Hampshire.


The Conference of Naval Associations is a growing federation of over 70 like-minded naval associations who believe in working together for the benefit of their members.


The Australian Mine Warfare Association is for the benefit of all former and current MW sailors and officers.

What Our Members Think

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our members say:

When I left the royal navy in 1986, it was like losing part of your family.

More so as I had served in the close-knit world of the Minewarfare Branch from its conception in the 70’s. Then the Minewarfare Association came along, and on joining, it was like going back to my navy days. Meeting and talking with like-minded people and the website also goes a long way to fulfilling the gap. I would recommend any past or present member of the Minewarfare world to join.
Sam Cook

I left the R.N. in 1979 after 17 great years. On leaving the Andrew I felt a sense of loss having left my naval family behind. I joined several naval organisations but none filled the missing gap. That was until I joined the MWA where I met up with a lot of like-minded people, some that I knew from my time in the RN. Also a great many more (a little younger and after my time) that are now good oppo’s. I would highly recommend the MWA. to any serving or ex MW.rates….you won’t be disappointed.

Jan Pearcy

A very well respected association, which has been represented around the world, the website is full of resources, information and memories keeping our community in touch, and up to date. It has been a pleasure to be part of the journey, having served on some amazing ships, with some outstanding people.

My thanks to all who are involved with running and supporting the Association over the years – long may it continue to flourish. BZ Boys!
John Gunter

Latest News

Check out the lates news and dits from around the bazaars! Here you will find more in-depth articles than those posted on our closed Facebook page. 

Nightraiders – The Trilogy

‘Nightraiders’, the second volume of the trilogy that started with ‘Home Waters’, is now available to order from the American publisher, Heritage Books at a cost of $80 ($40 plus[…]

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Membership of The Royal Maritime Club

The Minewarfare Association has used the Royal Maritime Club, formerly the ‘Home Club’, on several occasions for a number of different functions and meetings.  Situated in Queen Street in Portsmouth[…]

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HMS VICTORY – MWA Dit Session 9 November 2018

By kind invitation of the MW Senior Rates HMS VICTORY (Joe Lyons, Bunny Warren & Pony Moore), the MWA members were once again, able to enjoy the surroundings and ambience[…]

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