May

EDITORIAL

On Saturday, 11 May, the Association co-hosted a Mess Guest Night with ARNO. The principal guest was  Surgeon Commodore Jim Sykes OStJ RN accompanied by his wife. It was a most enjoyable evening. The only disappointing factor was a somewhat shortfall in numbers.

Our next event will be a Lecture/Curry Lunch, on SATURDAY 8 JUNE** when our guest speaker will be Peter Ashley on Captain Matthew Flinders RN. Flinders was an English navigator and cartographer who led the second circumnavigation of New Holland that he would subsequently call “Australia or Terra Australis” and identified it as a continent.

TRADITIONAL TOMBOLA WILL BE HELD ON BEHALF OF NAVAL CHARITIES*. 

*In a change from past practice the association is not seeking donated tombola prizes but will be sponsoring a limited number. 

** Charge £23.  Further details and booking form in full May newsletter as sent to members.

Unfortunately, Commander Mike Maddox OBE RN, who was scheduled to give the November Lecture on ‘War in Stringbags’ is unable to be present on this occasion. The event is still on the programme and we will update you with the name of the speaker.

I am looking for contributions from members for future Newsletters on any topic that you may feel to be of interest to the members.

BOOKING FOR EVENTS 

All members are requested to make payment for events at the time of booking. The reasons being that the Treasurer, Secretary and Events Coordinator have to liaise with the Hove Club, or other establishments for the purposes of victualling etc. so therefore it is imperative to have an accurate account of numbers. 

SITUATIONS VACANT

SANO is still seeking a Social Secretary and a Newsletter Editor. The Newsletter Editor will be standing down at the 2020 AGM. Details of both these positions can be found by contacting our Secretary: .

QUIZ 

The three Naval Ensigns in last month’s Newsletter were:

(a) Greece, (b) Egypt and (c) Saudi Arabia

Contributions to this section are always welcome!

Several years ago I used to include a small section of ‘Where in the World?’ So for this month I have revived the quiz and included a couple of Naval Establishments taken some time yesteryear! Where are they?

PROGRAMME 2019

DATE DAY EVENT SPEAKER TOPIC
8 June 19 Sat Lecture/Curry Lunch Peter Ashley Matthew Flinders
11 July 19 Thu Lunch/Visit HMS Excellent DC School
15 Aug 19 Thu Pub Lunch (E Sussex?)
26 Oct 19 Sat Trafalgar Night Dinner Cdre  Eric Thompson RN
16 Nov 19 Sat Lecture/Lunch                 TBA

TAILPIECE

There was a batch of correspondence in the Press a few weeks ago as to the reason why a ship was called ‘she’. I recently found that Admiral Chester Nimitz had the solution many years ago. 

“ A ship is always referred to as she because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder” 

Best wishes,

Bob