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Next SANO event: Mess Guest Night, Saturday 11 May

The principal guest at our Mess Guest Night, arranged jointly with ARNO, will be Surgeon Commodore Jim Sykes OStJ RN, ARNO Chairman. 

Jim joined the Royal Navy as a Medical Cadet in 1971.  During his long career, he developed special interests in undersea medicine and occupational health, rising to become Director of Health (Navy) and Medical Officer in Charge at the Institute of Naval Medicine, before his retirement in 2008.

Price £48, to include pre-prandial drinks, wine at table, Port and Madeira.  Bar expected to remain open to a least 2330 for late night owls.  Male and/or female guests welcome, but if you don’t have a guest please join in anyway.  Rig of the day: Mess undress (blue waistcoats) with miniature decorations; Black tie with miniature decorations; White DJs acceptable.

Full details and booking form in April newsletter as sent to members, or from SANO Secretary Ray Wright: / 01403 741986

HMS Duncan joins forces with French carrier strike group

Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan joined forces with a French carrier strike group to support the international fight against Daesh.

The ship has been providing air defence and escort duties to FS Charles de Gaulle and her accompanying ships in the eastern Mediterranean over the past few weeks.  French jets have flown in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the international task force aimed at defeating Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

During her time with the carrier, Duncan’s crew has been using the ship’s sophisticated radar and missile systems to protect the skies over the Mediterranean and safeguard the task force.


Duncan’s Commanding Officer, Commander Tom Trent, said: “This has been a rewarding opportunity for my team to fulfil HMS Duncan’s core role as a primary air defender protecting a carrier strike group.  With the Royal Navy’s own aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, getting ready for their first operational deployments, this was an excellent chance for us to integrate into the French task group on live operations ahead of the first deployment of our own carrier strike group."


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RN named a top women's employer

The Royal Navy has been named by The Times as one of the UK’s top employers of women. 

For the second year running the Senior Service features in the newspaper’s top 50 list of firms and organisations which do the most to ensure gender equality in the workplace.  The unranked list celebrates UK employers who promote a diverse and inclusive working environment as well as encouraging women’s progression at work. 

The Navy’s inclusion in the list coincides with the opening of all careers and branches to women – including the opportunity to train as commandos in the Royal Marines.  

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D-Day 75 

4,000+ armed forces personnel will salute Normandy veterans at D-Day events taking place in Normandy and Portsmouth.  They will lead the nation in marking the 75th anniversary, to include a major national commemorative event on Southsea Common on 5 June. 

Up to 300 veterans will leave Portsmouth on a Royal British Legion-commissioned ship to attend events in Normandy.  Up to 11 Royal Navy ships, including Type 23 frigate HMS "The Saint" ST ALBANS, pictured below, will accompany the veterans as they depart.  Service personnel will join veterans at Bayeux Cathedral and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Bayeux War Cemetery for the Legion’s annual commemorative ceremonies. 

Portsmouth City Council will host a series of events up to 9 June.  Other events across the UK will include a service at the National Memorial Arboretum and displays at IWM Duxford. 

                                           Royal Navy ship HMS St Albans out at sea    

HMS St Albans, which will accompany the veterans as they depart Portsmouth; her CO, Commander John Cromie,

greets veteran Leonard Williams on board for the D-Day 75 announcement.  Crown Copyright 2019. 

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Boost for RFA history


Naval historians have pledged to tell the long, proud story of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary more comprehensively.


During 114 years, more than 60 RFA vessels have been sunk or damaged in time of war or while supporting peacetime RN operations, including in key front-line roles with the British Pacific Fleet and in re-taking the Falklands.  Despite this there has as yet been no museum dedicated to the auxiliary service.


Chris White of the RFA Historical Society has now created a ‘virtual museum’ via a comprehensive website documenting the history of the auxiliary service from its official inception to the present.  In addition a small section of the National Museum of the Royal Navy dedicated to the RFA will now expand.  


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SANO AGM and lecture/lunch

SANO held its 2019 AGM at the Hove Club on Saturday 6 April.  The meeting re-elected the existing committee, Lt Cdr Dusty Miller RN becoming Treasurer, relieving Joe Kirk who stood down from that role but continues as Webmaster.  Cdr Mike Maddox continues as auditor.

After the AGM Captain Peter Hore RN, naval historian and obituarist to the Telegraph, gave an excellent illustrated presentation on Admiral Sir Henry Harwood, of Battle of the River Plate fame.

Finally members enjoyed a well-stocked buffet lunch prepared by the club.


L to R: Speaker Peter Hore, centre, flanked by Chairman Richard Stanton and member Jim Bangert; pre-launch engineering discussions; the film, an instructive comparator during the presentation.  Pictures: Christina Stanton

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.

HMS Sultan Summer Show, RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day, BRNC Dartmouth Open Day

Events open to the public on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June (Sultan), Saturday 13 July (Yeovilton), Saturday 27 July (BRNC).  More at: