Lt Cdr Ted Atkinson

SANO regrets to report the death of Lt Cdr E M Atkinson RD RNR.  Ted was a much-loved member of Sussex Division Royal Naval Reserve, joining the association in 1980.  He will be sorely missed.  Funeral details in due course.

RFA Mounts Bay completes Bahamas aid mission

RFA Mounts Bay has now left the Bahamas, her Hurricane Dorian aid efforts complete.

Mounts Bay was the first ship from any nation to arrive on the scene in Dorian’s wake.  More than 6,000 people have been helped by British sailors, soldiers, marines and fliers during the ship’s 10-day mercy mission.  They delivered some 3,000 ration packs, 100 tonnes of water, 900 emergency shelter kits and 1,000 hygiene kits.

Survey ship HMS Protector, on her way to Antarctica, is now sailing for Nassau to deliver additional aid.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:

“I would like to thank RFA Mounts Bay and her crew for their tireless work.  Their dedication to providing immediate and life-saving support to the Bahamian people has laid the vital ground work for other nations to join the relief effort.”

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Type 31 frigate design announced 

The Type 31 frigate, due on the front line in five years or so, will be built to a design, Arrowhead 140”, by a consortium led by Babcock.

A planned 5 general purpose frigates will work alongside 8 souped-up Type 26s currently under construction.  The first will be laid down in 2 years’ time, be built in segments and assembled at Babcock’s yard in Rosyth and the class completed by 2028; each ship will have an average production cost of £250m.  Around 2,500 people across the land will be involved in their construction and supply chain.

With a firm eye on the export market, the 31s are viewed as central to the UK’s shipbuilding strategy, which Whitehall intends to reinvigorate over the coming decade.

The ships will replace the existing general-purpose Type 23s.  Formal contract award is expected later this year.

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Question MoD medals and records experts at Rootstech London

MoD Medals and Records Offices, part of Defence Business Services, are attending family history show events where you can question the experts and order a service record.

The offices will attend Rootstech at Excel, London on Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 October.

The show will feature family historians, societies and genealogical organisations.  Facilities will include service records searches, service record requests (army/RAF only) and veterans badge applications.  Guest speakers include Dan Snow – and Donny Osmond.

Registration and admission fee required.  Travel: DLR Prince Regent.

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New SANO member

SANO is pleased to welcome its newest recruit, Rear Admiral Mike Kimmons CB.

Admiral Kimmons had a varied 36-year career in the Supply/Logistics branch, culminating in appointment as Chief Naval Logistics Officer and Chief of Staff Personnel and Support to CINCFLEET, 2005-08.  He also served at the Royal College of Defence Studies, as Logistics Commander in HMS ILLUSTRIOUS and as Secretary to First Sea Lord.  He is currently Chairman of the Victory Services Club, and lives in Sussex with his wife Sue.

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SANO Pub lunch

Our most recent event was the annual Pub Lunch, on 15 August.   A good turnout of 28 members and guests enjoyed a lively session, with good food, beer and service, at the Swiss Cottage, Shoreham by Sea.  Sussex Shipmates’ Association also sent a contingent.

Pictures Christina Stanton