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SANO continues to run a series of events throughout the months of June, July and August. It is appreciated that many members take holidays at this time and it is therefore sometimes difficult to assemble enough members and guests to make these activities viable. However, having said that, on the basis of previous years we have rarely had to make any cancellations. This brings me to our next event which is a VISIT TO HMS NELSON (FOR LUNCH) THENCE TO THE MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL NAVY. This is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 18 July 2017. The cost is £15 per head for lunch and group entry to the museum. Members will need to make their own transport arrangements, although lifts with other members may be possible. A table for lunch is reserved in the Wardroom HMS Nelson. Further details may be obtained from the Secretary and applications should reach him by midday on Tuesday 4 July. On the question of visits and events the EC would welcome any ideas that could be incorporated into the programme for 2018.


Some thirty members and guests assembled at The Hove Club on 17 June to hear a lecture given by Cdr John Prichard RN, a Marine Engineer Officer who served as Senior Engineer in HM Royal Yacht BRITANNIA. John was retained in service to act as the MoD Desk Officer to write and obtain approval for the Operational Requirement for a replacement Yacht. Following the decommissioning of HMY VICTORIA AND ALBERT III work was in progress for a suitable, modern replacement which could travel the globe and double as a hospital ship in time of war. It was also hoped that a convalescence would help the King’s ailing health. The order for the new ship was placed with John Brown shipyard on 04 Feb 1952. Cdr Prichard pointed out that the hull was of the form associated with a North Sea ferry but clearly, by is very nature, extensive modification would be necessary such as engines, fuel capacity, accommodation etc and many more facets. His talk was interspersed with some very amusing anecdotes especially with time spent with Her Majesty and Prince Philip! It was estimated by the Overseas Trade Board that events held on board the yacht helped raise £3 billion for the treasury between 1991 and 1995 alone, which prompted our Chairman to comment that there is no time like the present for a replacement. The new government with a certain Prime Minister said the expenditure could not be justified given other pressures on the defence budget, from which a replacement vessel would have been funded and maintained. Proposals for the construction of a new royal yacht, perhaps financed through a loan or by the Queen's own funds, have made no headway. Britannia was decommissioned on 11 December 1997. The Queen is reported to have shed a tear at the decommissioning ceremony that was attended by most of the senior members of the Royal Family.


The link BAE Systems will take you to their web page where there are downloadable short videos and photos of QE's exit from Rosyth. There are two time-lapse videos of the exit from the basin and further, longer video of the passage under the bridges later that evening.


St. Andrew's Church Bishopstone Village will be celebrating "Sea Sunday" at 1015 on Sunday 9th July 2017. SANO members are cordially invited. Further details are held by SANO Secretary.


As mentioned above, our planned visit on18 July is to the Royal Navy museum in Portsmouth preceded by lunch in the Wardroom of HMS NELSON. May we draw your attention to the Informal Lunch in East Sussex. Last year we had a very successful meeting and Lunch at the ‘George’ in Burpham, West Sussex. This year it is hoped to have a similar day at a hostelry in East Sussex. Details to follow.

Date Event Guest/Speaker Topic
18 July 2017 Lunch/Visit ---- HMS Nelson & RN Museum
17 August 2017 Pub Lunch (or similar) in East Sussex ---- ----
28 October 2017 Trafalgar Night Dinner RAdm J Kingwell Immortal Memory
18 November 2017 Lecture/Lunch N Hewitt   To be advised


Worth a reflection! In the Editorial of “The Daily Telegraph’ 22 June2017 A quotation attributed to Sir Winston Churchill which was used by David Davis in his Brexit talks.

‘The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees possibility in every difficulty.’

Best wishes, Bob