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A letter received from the Royal Naval Association reads as follows:-

"You may not be aware that The Royal British Legion is supporting the Normandy Memorial which will be inaugurated next year to mark the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings.  The Normandy Memorial Trust has spent the last 12 months researching the names of those who lost their lives under British command between 5 June and 31 August 1944. This is a unique collection of names which have never before been recorded and will appear on the British Normandy Memorial soon to be built in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy.

You can find the Roll of Honour by visiting in case you wish to check that the name of an individual is accurately recorded, or to let the Trust have a name that is not on the Roll. All suggestions will need to be submitted to The Normandy Memorial Trust before the end of April, so please pass this communication on to your members, in order for them to have their say before the deadline.

This a fine trawl just in case a D/Day Veteran is not listed so please distribute as far and wide to the Naval Community as you can."



The HMS SUSSEX Shipmates' Association ("Old and Bold") are holding an informal reunion for all former ranks and ratings of HMS SUSSEX at the Sussex Yacht Club (SYC), Shoreham from 1130 to approximately 1430 on Saturday 28 April 2018.

A cash bar and/or lunch will be available, also there is the possibility the installation will take place of the HMS SUSSEX ship's bell and stand at the SYC .

Any members intending to attend are requested to notify Michael Irons, the Shipmates' Secretary, as soon as possible by email at or telephone 01903 240280. Also It is advisable to notify Mick of your preferred selection of food.



The BBC are currently planning to show Chris Terrill’s three part documentary series on HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is due to start transmitting on BBC2 at 2000 on Sunday 15th April. The programme, titled “Britain’s Biggest Warship” tracks the ship through build, and then to commissioning as a Royal Navy ship last December. The other two programmes should follow weekly at the same time slot and BBC are going to repeat the series on Saturday afternoons on BBC2 (1500-1600). (Note that the BBC may alter their schedule up to 2 weeks before transmission but current intentions are for the programme to be shown as planned).


                                                                            FUTURE FISHERY PROTECTION PATROLS

The Royal Navy has taken delivery of state-of-the-art gunboats to protect Britain’s fishing waters.
 Click here for details.


The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Widows’ Association (RNRMWA) provides friendship, support, guidance and comfort to those who have experienced the trauma of bereavement.  It is run by a team of volunteers, most of whom are themselves widows.  The association has a new Chairman, and appears to be undergoing a renaissance after being dormant for some time.  Members interested may wish to contact her, Sarah Clewes, at / 07462 376850 and/or visit .