The Shipmates & Oppos Programme is funded by Greenwich Hospital and run by the Royal Naval Association in partnership with the White Ensign Association, the Royal Marines Association, the Association of Royal Navy Officers and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Association, representing the entire Naval family.

The Associations help to deliver the free through-life support that the Programme offers. If you’re looking for help, please call 023 9272 0782 or email

Under the Programme, you are also eligible for a year’s free membership to any of the following Associations – simply activate the membership in the next five years.

The RNA is a membership organisation with over 330 branches across the UK and worldwide. In joining, not only will you rekindle old friendships, you’ll make new ones, stay connected to the Royal Navy Family, receive help when in need and all the while have a great time. Membership is open to serving and former members of the entire Naval Service including the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, their Reserves and Families.

The White Ensign Association provides an unbiased, confidential and free advice service to serving and former members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, their Reserves and Families on matters covering employment, finance, resettlement and personal administration.

The Association is now firmly established as one of the prime links between the Royal Navy, the City, Commerce and Industry.

The Association of Royal Navy Officers provides an easy means for officers to keep in contact and organise reunions. Members can take advantage of bespoke partnerships with blue-chip benefits provider Xexec, the RAC and the Army & Navy Club. Members also benefit from support and benevolence for themselves, spouses, widows and dependents from ARNO’s sister-charity, the Royal Navy Officers' Charity.

The Royal Marines Association provides a national support and social network for you and your family, whatever stage you’re at in life and your Royal Marines career.

As a member, you can benefit from camaraderie, connections, peace of mind, practical support, stability and mentoring.

The RFAA is a membership organisation with branches across the UK. Alongside regular socials and connections, the RFAA can also help members who are suffering hardship or distress, or who would value support at times of bereavement, injury or conflict. The RFAA is open to everyone who has served in the RFA or its management, to their spouses and widows, and to civilian and military personnel who have served extensively in RFA.