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Lt Cdr J R Woods RD* RNR

SANO regrets to report the death of John Woods on 5 February at a Surrey nursing home.  John was a long-standing member and served on the committee for many years as Social Secretary.  Funeral details in due course.

National Archives Cold War events season

April sees the launch of a Cold War season at the National Archives, including a new exhibition looking into life in Britain during that turbulent era.  The season will include talks, panel discussions, films and family activities exploring life in Britain under the threat of nuclear attack.  More here.

New Assault ships plan; future role of the armed forces

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced (11.2.19) plans to develop "littoral strike ships", forward deployed permanently outside the UK, from which to send Royal Marines Commandos into battle. 

 

Major General Charlie Stickland, Commandant General Royal Marines, welcomed the announcement, saying: “This announcement to accelerate the concept and assessment stages of future littoral strike ships brings us one step closer to realising our ambitions for the future commando force.”

 

The Secretary of State also gave a speech to the Royal United Services Institute outlining his views on the global role of the UK’s Armed Forces and defence industry after leaving the European Union and beyond.  He said: "The UK is a global power with truly global interests.  A nation with the fifth biggest economy on the planet.  A nation with the world’s fifth biggest Defence budget and the second largest Defence exporter.  And since the new Global Great Game will be played on a global playing field, we must be prepared to compete for our interests and our values far, far from home."

 

More at:

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2019/february/11/190211-defence-secretary-reveals-future-assault-ship-plan

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/gavin-williamson-sets-out-vision-for-defence-in-global-britain

New SANO Committee member

The committee welcomes SANO member Lt Cdr Dusty Miller RN to the team as Treasurer-designate.  Presently a co-opted member, Dusty will work alongside current Treasurer Joe Kirk until standing for election at the upcoming AGM.  Joe meanwhile has taken up post as Webmaster, in succession to Pat Saunders.