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British Forces Post Office

Mail posted in the UK, addressed to members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines at sea or abroad, is dealt with by a special section of the Postal and Courier Depot who despatch mail to HM Ships and land units

All mail, including postcards, packets and aerograms sent HM Ships, are charged at UK Inland Rates. See Royal Mail leaflet entitled "HM Forces Letter Rates" for more information and a full list of costs.

To ensure outgoing mail can be dealt with efficiently, it is important to address it correctly. The address must include Name, Rank/Rate, Service Number and Mess (if known), as well as the name of the Ship or Unit and BFPO number - for example:

OM1 J SMITH, D123456Y, 2J Mess, HMS NONSUCH, BFPO 123 or P012345X, MNE M HILL, 7 Troop, M Company, 45 CDO RM, BFPO 321

To see a list of all BFPO Numbers, vist the British Forces Post Office website

HM Forces Aerograms - "Blueys" and Electronic "Blueys"

The cheapest and easiest way of writing to those in Ships/Units abroad is to use the blue, flimsy HM Forces Aerogram - available free from all post offices and SAFABs.

"Blueys" can be posted using 2nd Class stamps, however, postage is not required for units in Northern Ireland and those on deployments covered by the Operational Welfare Package (units will provide details when this applies). In such cases, the top right hand corner of the Bluey must be clearly marked with the name of the Operation or "HM Ship in Foreign Waters" (for ships deployed out of Home Waters for more than 2 months).

To find out more about the "E-Bluey" vist the e-bluey website.