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Captain R K Sard, RD* RNR


The funeral of the late Captain Robin Sard will take place on Thursday 27 June; further details from SANO Webmaster, via Contact SANO.  Obituary in June newsletter.


New First Sea Lord


The Royal Navy has a new First Sea Lord.  Admiral Tony Radakin took over from Admiral Sir Philip Jones at a ceremony on board HMS Victory on Wednesday (19th).


Admiral Radakin was previously Second Sea Lord, and earlier held command of Norfolk and Blazer/Southampton URNU.  He has also served as Commander UK Maritime Forces.


Admiral Tony Radakin


Admiral Tony Radakin, CB ADC. Crown Copyright 2019


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D-Day 75, VE Day 75

SANO member Brian Elphick attended the commemorations at Southsea on 5 June with his wife Ruth.  He writes:

“Ruth and I attended the Service to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Landing, at the D Day Stone Memorial by the Canoe Lake, Southsea.  This place had a special remembrance for me as I was one of the 4 boys who were not evacuated from Portsmouth during the war, and lived very close by in Nettlecombe Avenue.  As a young boy, from the sea front near where the Stone was later placed, I first saw HMS Anson waiting at Spithead on return from the Far East with my father on board returning home after the end of the war.  I felt it fitting to wear his medals on this one occasion.

Ruth (an ex-WRNS) and I were made to feel most welcome to march with the naval contingent, and set off from the Canoe Lane car park behind a lead of well over 20 Royal British Legion Standards.  The RN was well represented. 

The service was conducted by The Rev'd Canon Bob White, Vicar of St Mary's, Portsea.  After the Act of Commitment, the formal laying of wreaths included one on behalf of the City of Caen.  A salute was taken on return to the Car Park.  The podium party included Rear Admiral Ian Henderson, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, who thanked us for the march past.  He also served in the Fleet Air Arm.

So ended a fitting tribute to the 75th Anniversary.

Brian Elphick”

In the aftermath of the main events, MoD issued a commemorative guide to D-Day 75, including the history of the Battle of Normandy, and there is a commemorative exhibition at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Dockyard, until Monday 5 August.

The early May Bank Holiday 2020 will move to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day over a 3-day weekend commencing on the day itself.                            

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SANO Lecture/Curry Lunch, Saturday 8 June

Our speaker was Lt Cdr Peter Ashley, researcher and author.  24 members and guests enjoyed a fascinating presentation on Captain Matthew Flinders RN, the English navigator and cartographer who led the second circumnavigation of "New Holland" that he would subsequently call "Australia" or "Terra Australis", identifying it as a continent and Tasmania as an island. 

An excellent curry/goulash lunch, and raffle in aid of service charities, supplemented by a sale of books donated by Commander Neville Dutton, rounded off the proceedings.

Flinders with map 72 dpi

A replica of the Flinders memorial at Euston station, also featuring his cat Trim, by sculptor Mark Richards

See also Links page to access the Flinders memorial website and a RN Museum news item from earlier this year.

Armed Forces Day 2019 - Events in Sussex; Reserves Day

Armed Forces Day this year falls on Saturday 29 June.  Events scheduled for Sussex will be at (on the day itself unless stated):

Bognor Regis (Sat 22)

Brighton (Sun 30)


Crowborough (Sat 22)

East Grinstead

Hastings (Sun 30)



Worthing (Sat - Sun 29 - 30)


The National Event will be at Salisbury.  Reserves Day will be on Wednesday 26 June.


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