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Mike Critchley of Maritime Heritage Tours (who have featured on the website previously) is arranging a day trip on 19 April 2018 to HMS Caroline and the Titanic Experience in Belfast. The main group are flying from Southampton Airport early morning and returning in the evening, at a cost of 185 per person. Alternatively you can make your own travel arrangements to Belfast and join up with the group there. For more information contact Mike at or by phone - 07977 534949.


Trafalgar Night Dinner 2017

Rear Admiral Paul Hoddinott was the guest of honour and proposed the toast to the Immortal Memory at the Association's Trafalgar Night Dinner on Saturday 28 October 2017. Vice Admiral Sir Peter Woodhead presided. For a more detailed report see the October/November Newsletter.




HMS SHOREHAM visit, 5-9 July 2017

SANO affiliated ship (HMS SHOREHAM) visited Shoreham Port in early July, fresh from a NATO mine countermeasures exercise in the Baltic.  As part of maintaining the close links between SANO and the ship, representatives of the association were invited to two events on board during her busy stay.

SANO Chairman and 3 others attended a Reception and Capability Demonstration on the evening of her arrival.  A breezy but very hot evening saw a confident and well-presented crew play a full part, engaging cheerfully with guests in good conversation, interspersed with guided tours and Evening Colours.


                                                                Evening Colours (picture: Richard Stanton)                                                                                SANO & U3A Visitors (picture: Mike Jeffery U3A)

 On Friday 7th, around 25 invitees from affiliates, including 7 from SANO, enjoyed a most informative guided tour showing the ship busy but unhurried.  Her well-trained crew dealt expertly with the many questions asked.  The degree of multi-tasking expected of them was clear, if unsurprising to those accustomed to small ship life.  A framed print of the ship taken during her previous visit, last year,  was presented to the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Ben Evans, by Mike Jeffery on behalf of SANO and Lancing & Sompting U3A Military Matters group.

The ship sailed for her Faslane base on Sunday 9 July.

More on HMS SHOREHAM via the Links page, and further photographs in the Photo gallery.