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We are now approaching the highlight of the year, our Trafalgar Night Dinner (See below). Members are advised to get their bids in for a place early, to avoid disappointment, as this event has always proved to be fully subscribed. It is encouraging to note that our total membership is holding up with two new members joining this month. I should like to thank members who have heeded my appeal for more ‘Tailpieces!’. Hopefully, Quiz to appear next time!


The Talk on Matthew Flinders has been postponed due to the sickness of the presenter. An alternative talk on "Operation Pedestal" will be given in lieu by Simon Bellamy. See next NL for details.


The Association is pleased to welcome two new members:
Brian Elphick, formerly FAA, served in HM Ships Albion, Bulwark (x2), Centaur (x2), Hermes. Eagle Ops (O) Int., Squadrons 849, 728 Senior Observer, 848 NACS Sen Observer. Aircraft experience includes various rotary aircraft, Gannet, Buccaneer, Service included several senior staff appointments Later joined British Helicopters Group with responsibilities to the CEO for bases worldwide.
Ian Canavan, who served in HMSms Superb (SCO), Otter (NO.1 1st Lt), Ursula , Splendid (TASO), Turbulent ( 1st Lt, NO, OPSO} Ian is currently Head of Physics at Seaford College, Nr. Petworth


It is with sadness that we record the passing of Captain John Lean, Royal Navy. Regrettably, John was a member of SANO for only a short period of time.


'GDPR - for those who have yet to e-mail/send in their GDPR consent return, please make every effort to do so. This is a one-off pain but, should we ever be audited, means that the EC can swiftly demonstrate SANO's compliance.'


Our Annual Trafalgar Night Dinner will be held on SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER (1830 for 1900). The rig is mess dress (white waistcoat) for officers in uniform and black tie if not in uniform, with miniatures and neck orders. This is an occasion when retired officers may wear uniform and are encouraged to do so if at all possible. The cost is £44 per head and further information may be obtained from the Chairman, Richard Stanton; applications should be sent to him before Monday 22 October 2018.

The immortal Memory will be proposed by our Principal guest Rear Admiral John Kingwell CBE. Rear Admiral Kingwell joined the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer in 1984. He has had four commands: Sussex University Royal Naval University Unit and its attached patrol vessel HMS PURSUER, the Type 23 frigate HMS ARGYLL and the Assault Ship HMS ALBION. As Commander United Kingdom Task Group (COMUKTG) he commanded the Response Force Task Group off of Libya in 2011. He has also served in the Ministry of Defence on four occasions. As a Lt Cdr in Operations, as a Capt as the Military Assistant to both the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff and the 2nd Permanent Under Secretary and twice within the Directorate of Naval Resources and Plans – as an SO1 and most recently as the Head of what became Finance and Military Capability (Navy). On promotion to Rear Admiral in Oct 2013 he became the Director of the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC). He took up his current appointment as the Deputy Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) in May 2016

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Our annual pub visit this year was to the Arun View Littlehampton. A walk along the banks of the River Arun was to precede lunch, but unfortunately this proved not to be possible for two reasons,
(a) owing to the indisposition of Ray Wright who was to lead the walk and (b) the atrocious weather conditions. Nevertheless, the attendees were undaunted and tucked into what was a most enjoyable lunch.







Sat 27 Oct

Trafalgar Night Dinner

RAdm Kingwell

Immortal Memory

Sat 17 Nov


Lt Cdr S Bellamy

Operation Pedestal



An Irish stoker saw a PO’s report about him which said that he was a specialist in mediocrity and on three occasions had been found to be drunk. The stoker crossed out drunk and added sober. (From Ian Gough).

Best wishes, Bob