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Welcome to our 2018 season. We all hope that you had a very Happy Christmas and offer our best wishes for a happy, peaceful and healthy New Year. A prosperous New Year also would not come amiss!
As you will see from below, the Programme of Events has been finalised and dates established. Hopefully, these will stand but from time to time Service requirements etc. dictate that amendments have to be made but you will of course be duly informed. At this stage I would draw your attention to the first meeting which will be hosted by the URNU when there will be a presentation on The Royal Navy by the Royal Navy Presentation Team. There is no charge for this, other than drinks purchased at the cash bar afterwards. If you wish to attend please let the Secretary know before 5 February.


SANO offers its congratulations to our member Rear Admiral Paul Bennett OBE who is to be promoted Vice Admiral and to be Chief of Staff to the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in succession to Air Marshal Sir Graham Stacey.


We are delighted that both Admiral Bennett and Admiral Kingwell have accepted our invitations to be Principal Guests at Our Mess Guest Night and Trafalgar Night respectively. Service requirements meant that Admiral Kingwell had to withdraw from Trafalgar Night last year but we were most grateful to Admiral Paul Hoddinott for standing in at short notice



We welcome to the Association Mr Philip Simons. He was the Data Base manager for Lloyd’s Register, a Naval historian and a member of the MTB 102 Trust.


On 28 December, the Secretary received a Christmas Card from our affiliated ship HMS SHOREHAM wishing all SANO members good wishes and all the very best for 2018.



'Brighton Universities Royal Navy Unit has a vacancy for a training officer coming up in 2018. Whilst most SANO members are a little long in the tooth for getting back into uniform they may never the less be aware of a suitable candidate. For further information contact SANO sec’.


Q. 1 Which class of British warship is noticeably split into three different ‘blocks’ of superstructure?

Q.2 What company manufactures torpedoes for British submarines?



SANO is affiliated to CONA which, from time to time, organises visits and excursions which may be of interest. We have recently received information relating to a one day visit to HMS CAROLINE in Belfast scheduled for Thursday 19 April, (from Southampton Airport to Belfast). Any member interested should contact Mike Critchley (email: or by phone 07977534949).


Programme for 2018





Thu 08 Feb

RN Presentation at the URNU

RN Presentation Team

The Royal Navy

Thu 22 Mar

URNU Lecture

Adm Band

Life at the top

Sat 14 Apr


Dr John Bevan

Cdr Crabb

Sat 26 May

Mess Guest Night Dinner

RAdm Bennett


Sat 16 Jun

Lecture/Curry Lunch

Nick Hewitt

German Surface Raiders WW1

Thu 19 Jul



Dolphin/Priddy’s Hard

Thu 16 Aug

Pub Lunch


Arun View Littlehampton

Sat 27 Oct

Trafalgar Night Dinner

RAdm Kingwell

Immortal Memory

Sat 17 Nov


Lt Cdr P Ashley

Matthew Flinders

                                                                                     Key dates: Good Friday 30 March. Easter Monday 2 April
                                                                                                         Other bank Hols: 7 May, 28 May,



An American warship is tied up next to an English warship. An American sailor leans over and  yells  to  a  British  sailor "How's  the  world's  second  largest  Navy  doing?"  The Brit replies: "Just fine, mate. How's the world's second best doing?"

(Teller: Jon L. Gateley)

Best wishes, Bob