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EDITORIAL

Firstly, an apology for an omission. On 18 November 2017 there will be a Lecture/Lunch when the speaker will be Nick Hewitt from the Museum of the Royal Navy. I would like to draw your attention to our next event which is the Pub Lunch of which fuul details may be obtained from the Secretary. It may be early to remind you but please note the date of our Trafalgar Night Dinner and when details are published to ensure a place, early booking is necessary!

HMS SHOREHAM VISIT, 5-9 July 2017

Our affiliated ship visited Shoreham Port in early July, fresh from a NATO mine countermeasures exercise in the Baltic. As part of maintaining the close links between SANO and the ship, representatives of the association were invited to two events on board during her busy stay.
Our Chairman and 3 others attended a Reception and Capability Demonstration on the evening of her arrival. A breezy but very hot evening saw a confident and well-presented crew play a full part, engaging cheerfully with guests in good conversation, interspersed with guided tours and Evening Colours.

 

                                                       

VISIT TO THE MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL NAVY 18 July 2017

Fourteen members and guests assembled at noon in the Wardroom of HMS NELSON. Drinks were taken before lunch after which we proceeded to HM Naval Base for the Museum visit. We were blessed with exceptionally fine weather. The work in progress in the boathouses and the Jutland Exhibition proved extremely popular but the highlight for a few of us was a trip around the dockyard on ‘SOLENT CAT’. The duration of this was about one hour. On such a warm day it was a pleasure to get a little sea-time in and enjoy the fresh breeze. Some photos taken during above tour - note dis(top)masted VICTORY and HMS Vernon wardroom tucked in amongst others now masquerading as a pub.

                              
 

PUB LUNCH AT BERWICK

Following a successful Pub lunch at ‘The George’ Burpham West Sussex last Summer, it was decided that the venture would be repeated, this time in East Sussex. The venue chosen for this event is ‘The Berwick Inn’ at Berwick Railway Station near Polegate in East Sussex. The lunch is scheduled to be held on Thursday 17 August 2017; buy your own food and drinks. Applications to the Secretary before Friday 11 August 2017.

 

SUSSEX URNU

SANO has established a close liaison with the SUSSEX URNU and I (Ed) have recently received a most interesting and informative Newsletter from Lieut Craig Smith RN, the OIC of the URNU. It is hoped to be able to include details in the next Newsletter.

 

NEVILLE’S QUIZ 

Q1 "Lampyris Noctiluca" - what did she "bite" and badly debilitate, details of which were unknown for over 5 years?

A1 "Glowworm" (H92) rammed Admiral Hipper, 8th April 1942. Details of the event were unknown until cessation of hostilities with Germany in 1945.

Q2 Name the Scottish location and the ultimate location associated with

"Operation Charioteer" during WWII.

 

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

Date Event Guest/Speaker Topic
17 August 2017 Pub Lunch in East Sussex

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28 October 2017 Trafalgar Night Dinner RAdm J Kingwell Immortal Memory
18 November 2017 Lecture/Lunch N Hewitt   German Commerce Raiders WW1

TAILPIECE

Why does mineral water that has trickled through mountains for centuries have a ‘use by’ date?

Best wishes,

Bob