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LECTURE PROGRAMME



Southampton Royal Naval Officer's Association

(SRNOA)

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                                                                                       © SRNOA - December 2011

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Location:

Held at

The Dolphin Hotel (Mercure Southampton Centre) 34-35 High Street Southampton SO14 2HN  in The Jane Austin Room

 

Purpose:

To enjoy a series of lectures  during the winter months given by top level speakers. A balance of subjects is maintained between current Service topics and operations, naval historical subjects, sailing and adventurous activities.


 


LECTURE PROGRAMME – 2018/19


Monday 15th October 2018

"The Wager Disaster; Mayhem, Mutiny and Murder in the South Seas" by Rear Admiral Kit Layman CB, DSO, LVO

This is the astounding story of HMS Wager, driven ashore in foul weather onto the inhospitable coast of Patagonian Chile in 1741. Shipwreck was followed by murder, starvation, mutiny, and the fearful ordeal of 36 survivors out of about 140 men. Some were enslaved, some defected; many drowned. The captain shot one of his officers. There was an epic open-boat voyage of 2500 nautical miles through the world’s most hostile seas, probably the greatest castaway voyage in the annals of the sea, and the least known. Midshipman Byron, the grandfather of the poet, was prominent among the survivors. Rear Admiral Kit served for 35 years in many parts of the world, including the waters around Patagonia where the Wager was wrecked. As a Rear Admiral he spent a happy time as Commander British Forces Falkland Islands when he was able to study the old settlement founded by Commodore Byron in 1765. This is a story not to be missed.

Monday 19th November 2018

"Imagining the Future of Submarines" by Hon. Captain Jeremy Greaves RNR

Details to follow

Monday18th February 2019

"HMS Clio and the Mesopotamian Campaign" by Andrew Choong Han Lin

Details to follow

 

Monday 18th March 2019

"Submarine Escape and Rescue Training, The Submarine Parachute Assistance Group and the UK Response to ARA San Juan" by Lt Cdr Gareth Griffiths RN

Details to follow

Monday!5th April 2019

To be advised

 


 



  Recent Lectures have included:


“The British Carrier Strike Fleet after 1945” by Cdr David Hobbs RN


 

“S/m experiences” by Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson CB CVO (title to be

confirmed).

 “The mysterious loss of sailing yacht OUZO off the Isle of Wight” by Mike Waddleton.


From Sea To Sky; The Royal Navy’s Aircraft Carriers 1912 to 1945” by Andrew Choong Han Lin, Curator, Historic Photos and Ships Plans, National Maritime Museum.

   Preparing Portsmouth for HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH” by Captain Iain Greenlees RN

 “Reflections on a second career with the UN” by Cdr Geoff Wordley RN

  “White Ship, Red Crosses – a BritishHospital Ship at War” by Senior Nursing Officer Nicci Pugh

 “Operation Neptune: Frogmen – the first men ashore on D-Day” by Lt Cdr Rob Hoole RN (retired)

“Instructor Officer at War” by Lt Cdr Nigel Huxtable RN (retired)

 “Bird in a Biplane” by Lt Cdr Tracey Curtis-TaylorRNR

“Op Herrick 5, Afghanistan” Lt Col Matt Holmes RM (CO 42 Cdo RM)
"Op Herrick 9, Afghanistan" Cdr Kev Seymour RN (CO Navy Strike Wing )

"Future threats and risks", Rear Admiral Chris Parry

"United States ICEX Operations 2011, RN involvement and experiences"

“UK Maritime Trade Operations, anti-piracy and maritime security operations in the Middle East”

“Fleet Diving Squadron, worldwide diving and EOD"

“Operation Bugle, the EU response to the ‘Darfurisation’ of Chad”

“HMS Daring,1st Type 45 destroyer”Capt Paul Bennett RN (CO HMS Daring)

“Buccaneer, last all British bomber”

“Falklands, HMS Coventry” Cdre Jamie Miller (OOW when she was struck by an Argentine Exocet missile)

“Falklands,the Air War” Cdre Neill Thomas (CO 899 Naval Air Squadron)

“Falklands, 3 Cdo Bgde” Major General Julian Thompson (CO 3 Cdo Bgde)

“The Channel Dash, 825 NAS suicide attack on the German battle cruisers

in the 2nd WW” Lt Cdr Edgar Lee RN (last survivor of the action)

“Operation Frankton, the Cockleshell Heroes Raid"

“Falklands experiences” by Rear Admiral Chris Parry

“SCRAM! Junglies in the Falklands” by Lt Harry Benson RN (retd)

"In the wake of William Bligh" the recreation of Lt Bligh's small boat voyage

"Row to the Pole" Mark Delstanche
“F35 Lightning ll – The Future of British Fixed Wing Maritime Aviation”

 “The Falklands war – a close run thing” by Commander Jeff Tall RN (retired)

 “The Shackleton Epic expedition” the recreation of Shackleton's boat journey

“The Flying Boats of Southampton” by Colin van Geffin
“The Battle of the Atlantic” by Rear Admiral John Lang
 “Submarine operations in the Cold War” by Cdr Jeff Tall RN (retired

 “The Coder Special Archive” by Tony Cash

“Operation Ellamy; submarine operations during the Libyan crisis” by

Commander  Robert Dunn RN  

“The EU Training Mission to Somalia” by Commander Mark Barton RN

 “The story of the Schneider Air Races” by Colin van Geffin

 “Carrier Strike – Regenerating the UK’s Carrier Aviation Capability” by Cdr Nick Walker RN

“The Three Voyages of Exploration of Captain James Cook”

 “Unsung heroes: the Royal Naval Division in World War 1” by Captain

 Christopher Page RN Retired

“Cheerfulness in the face of adversity – 350 years of smiling through gritted

 teeth” by Chris Terrill

Four men in a boat” by Ken Endean

“Trinity House 500 and its role today” by Commander Graham Hockley Royal Navy

 “The Royal Navy Historic Flight” by Lieutenant Commander Christopher Gotke AFC RN   

 “Martin Nasmith VC – Pioneer Submariner” by Duncan Dunbar-Nasmith

“No more history lessons – Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015” by Lt Ben Timpson RN

 “Gallipoli: Myth and Memory” will be presented by Nick Hewitt
 “HMS M33 – Unique Gallipoli Survivor” will be presented by Matthew Sheldon

 “An update on the Type 26 programme” by Captain Tim Cryar RN