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SANO Events – update 

In light of HMG instructions/guidance, all planned SANO events prior to the Trafalgar Night Dinner are cancelled.  EC’s current intention is for the Trafalgar Night Dinner and November Lecture/lunch to take place as planned, on Saturday 24 October (RAdm Mike Kimmons) and Saturday 28 November (Cdr Mike Maddox, speaking on Stringbag) respectively.  Speakers confirmed, circumstances permitting.  The AGM will be co-scheduled with the Lecture/lunch.

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Minister speaks on role of Armed Forces during pandemic

Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey MP has delivered an online address to the Royal United Services Institute on the MoD response to the pandemic.

Read speech in full here.

RN Museum to chronicle Navy and naval community role during pandemic

The RN Museum wants to hear from the naval community about their role in the response to coronavirus and how the pandemic has affected them.

Naval historians plan to chronicle both the RN’s role in the coronavirus crisis and its impact on everyday naval life.  The museum will capture experiences through a collection of images, videos, documents, art work and artefacts representing the breadth of roles undertaken by the Royal Navy and experiences during the period.

Nick Hewitt, the museum’s Head of Collections and Research and well known to SANO members, said:

“It is important that researchers can explore our collection and understand what the Royal Navy was doing in 2020.  By retaining the content, we can preserve this memory and pay tribute to those who served.”

The museum is calling on the wider naval community to support the initiative by registering interest in the project, by emailing and donating objects representing experiences during the pandemic.  These could include letters, photographs, care packages, memorabilia, art, written documents, social media posts, music and videos.

More here and (what and how to contribute) here.