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May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and all the very best for 2019. We have had a full and eventful year and have been fortunate to have had excellent speakers at our Lecture/Lunches. We have a skeleton programme of events at the bottom of this Newsletter but times, dates, speakers and venues are yet to be confirmed.


It is the end of November as I write this and your Committee has just held its annual planning meeting hosted by the Secretary whose lady provided us with an excellent lunch. We now have a provisional programme for 2018; I have been reminded that I need to write this in time for the December/January newsletter and that I need to inform you that, in addition to a relief for the Treasurer at our 2019 AGM we are looking for a relief for our Newsletter Editor who will be stepping down at the 2020 AGM. We would welcome all and any offers of assistance with the Committee especially for these two roles. Last year I was already saying that our membership numbers were not looking quite as gloomy as they had done in the past and this year, I am happy to say, the upward trend continues, albeit slowly. However, looking back over the past year and comparing like with like, the statistics tell me that event attendance has fallen very slightly and my plea this year is: What do you want us to do that is better or that would attract your interest more? This year we again held two formal dinners: a Mess Guest Night in May and our traditional Trafalgar Night at which latter the Bandmaster almost got the music right. We also held our normal four lecture/lunches with an additional invitation to attend the RNPT’s presentation to URNU where the students asked some very pointed questions. Our summer visits were to a Littlehampton pub and the Explosion museum. 2019’s programme has been drafted and will appear elsewhere in this Newsletter; I hope you will be able to take part and support your Association.
So, to the message: I hope that the festive season will see you and your families enjoying Santa’s gifts, keeping the alcoholic consumption moderate and fulfilling your hopes and wishes; and, as last year, that Brexit will finally resolve itself.

My very best wishes,
Richard Stanton
Chairman Sussex Association of Naval Officers



SANO's current Treasurer, Joe Kirk, has announced his intention to stand down at the 2019 AGM and therefore we are seeking a replacement. Any member interested and willing to take up this appointment should contact our Secretary Ray Wright.


We would be grateful if members who change their postal address or email address would let the Secretary know.


SANO extends a welcome to Mrs Gillian Chard.


This year’s Guest of Honour was RAdm John Kingwell who, having had to cry off last year, managed to keep it in his diary for this year. As Deputy Commandant of the RCDS, he gave us his view from the College and of the RN past, present and future - looking ahead as he did by some 25 years or more. We were also joined by five young officers from the Sussex URNU – a previous command of the Admiral’s – and they would have heard much the same speech which he gave at their Blackbeard Dinner three weeks earlier. A selection of other photos is available in the website photo gallery.



The Association is most grateful to the Association of Royal Naval Officers for providing the port at our Trafalgar Night Dinner.




Lt Cdr Simon Bellamy kindly stood in at the last moment when the scheduled speaker was sick on shore. Simon gave us a well researched and professionally presented talk on the strategy and tactics of Operation Pedestal, the resupply of Malta during The Second World War.



I have been informed that Cox'n John Dann, a member of the HMS SUSSEX Shipmates’ Association and Littlehampton resident, died yesterday (16 November) in hospital after a fairly lengthy illness. Although he was not a SANO member he was probably well known by several officers in SUSSEX. He was quite a character and an excellent example of his breed. Further information from Neville Dutton.



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October question: Everyone knows that Admiral Nelson commanded the British fleet at Trafalgar. But who commanded the French and Spanish forces? Answer: Admiral Villeneuve

Q. Who relieved Admiral HSH Prince Louis of Battenberg RN as First Sea Lord?



The Annual ARNO Carol Service is scheduled to take place at 1800 on 19 December 2018 in St. ANN's CHURCH HMNB Portsmouth followed by a wardroom reception in HMS NESON at a cost of £15 per head. Any SANO member who wishes to attend please contact Ray Wright (SANO Secretary) for further details. Numbers are limited so early booking advised.



You may be interested to know, that Channel 5 TV, will be broadcasting a 4 part mini-series Documentary called “Warship” which began transmission on Monday 26th November. The programme will follow daily life onboard HMS DUNCAN during a recent deployment. The ship is commanded by Commander Eleanor Stack Royal Navy, who is one of the few female CO’ s currently deployed on operational service. It may be necessary to use ‘Catch Up.’



                                                                                             N.B. Dates and times are liable to change

Date Event Guest/Speaker Topic
Thu 28 February URNU Lecture Robert Avery Reflections on the Russian Navy
Sat 6 April AGM/Lecture/Lunch Capt Peter Hore Admiral Henry Harwood
Sat 11 May Mess Guest Night To be advised To be advised
Sat 8 June Lecture/Curry Lunch Peter Ashley Matthew Flinders
Thu 11 July Visit to HMS Excellent    ---- Fleet HQ/DC School
Thu 16 Aug Pub Lunch    ---- (Location to be advised)
Sat 26 October Trafalgar Night Dinner To be advised Immortal Memory
Sat 16 November Lecture/Lunch To be advised To be advised



At Dartmouth I was commended for my marching on the very first day with “Sir, if your brains were made of rubber, there wouldn’t be enough to make garters for a one legged canary”. (Ian Gough)

Best wishes, Bob