Four NWRC students have received a prestigious scholarship from a body commemorating the U.S. Naval Communications base situated in Derry City during the Second World War.
U.S. Navcommsta Londonderry Alumni Association (USNLAA) is a commemorative body established to reunite those sailors and civilians, and their families, who served at the U.S. Naval Communication station in Derry, during its years of operation, 1942 to 1977. To extend the association, the Alumni Committee has established a scholarship fund for deserving students in the North West area. The unique alumni presentation scheme is now in its sixth year and each student was presented with a large financial reward, and a medal commemorating the U.S. Navcommsta Londonderry Alumni Association (USNLAA). The four students, who are all in the second year of their studies, were selected on the basis of their progression and achievement at the College, as well as showing evidence of their motivation to progress onto higher education. Breandan O’Hara and Adam Hurrell are students from the Level 3 Extended Diploma for IT Practitioners course, while Mark Taylor and Olivia Wyer received the scholarship for their work on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering programme.
A spokesperson for North West Regional College added: “These scholarships will support current study at the College for our students, and should provide incentives for progression onto higher education opportunities.
“We would like to sincerely thank the U.S. Navcommsta Association for its commemorative association with our College over the past six years.”
U.S. Naval communications in Northern Ireland began out of necessity when the U.S. Naval Operating Base at Londonderry became a centre of military activity at the beginning of World War 2.
In 1943, the U.S. Navy acquired use of the land upon which the Clooney and Rossdowney compounds were later situated.
The base was disestablished in September 1977, ending a 35-year history of U.S. Naval communications in Derry, and bringing to an end what had been a very long and close relationship of U.S. Navy sailors with the local community. U.S. Navcommsta Londonderry had been the oldest US Naval facility in Europe.
No other U.S. military service organization served in Derry longer than the U.S. Navy, serving for more than 35 years.