THE ROYAL NAVY CLUB

of 1765 & 1785 (United in 1889)

The Royal Navy Club (charity no. 248962) uniquely connects officers qualified for sea command in the Royal Navy, serving or retired. It also provides opportunities for members to dine together in order to renew friendships, exchange professional views and network. It has an unbroken history of RN sea command from 1765 and is proud to list Admiral Lord Nelson amongst other significant British naval sea commanders since.

Our charitable purpose is to support needy widows, widowers, siblings, orphan children and dependants of former members.

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DINNERS ARE BACK! – TRAFALGAR NIGHT 2021 CLOSING FAST ON A STEADY BEARING!

Given a fair wind, we will celebrate the great victory at TRAFALGAR, and remember the sacrifice of Admiral Lord Nelson in the wardroom of HMS NELSON, Portsmouth, on Thursday 28 October 2021.

Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd, currently the Fleet Commander, will preside and speak. To allow more time to yarn before dinner, drinks will be available from 1845 in the Main Bar, sitting down to eat at 1930.

Unless otherwise directed, the Annual General Meeting will take place in the main bar at 1800 and all are encouraged to attend (even if not dining) – making the possibility of reaching the drinks tray even earlier! Unfortunately, VTC is not available in this location, but will be for future events.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR RETURN TO DINING in an iconic venue

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HRH Admiral of the Fleet the Prince Philip, 1921 – 2021

The Chairman has sent a message of condolence to our Patron, HRH Prince Charles, on the sad loss of his father, HRH Admiral of the Fleet the Prince Philip.

“On behalf of the Chairman and members of the Royal Navy Club of 1765 & 1785 we offer our most sincere condolences on the sad loss of your father, HRH Admiral of the Fleet the Prince Philip, yesterday. Not only as our longest serving Club member, having joined in 1953, but also as the nation’s Lord High Admiral, the guiding presence of Prince Philip will be hugely missed by us all”

Founders’ Day Dinner

In these extraordinary times of pandemic restrictions, once again the Club was unable to dine together as planned on Founders’ Day. However, it was strongly felt that this occasion should be properly marked and thus a ZOOM video conference event was held with 110 members attending on the evening of 4 February, with 3 members of the Admiralty Board attending as guests. Excellent speeches were heard by both the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Ben Wallace, and the First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin; each were also generous with their time and took questions from the “audience”. Formalities were ended with our traditional toasts, with members and guests providing their own drink, although a bottle of fine port  was subsequently sent to our 3 guests to replenish their stocks at our expense.

THE ROYAL NAVY CLUB ANNUAL PRIZE

The winner of this year’s RN Club prize has been announced by the Chairman as Lt Cdr Dan Briscoe. It is hoped that circumstances will allow him to collect his prize, a very smart and fully serviceable polished brass boxed sextant from the Fleet Commander at this year’s Trafalgar Night dinner in the Wardroom HMS NELSON. (Image will replaced upon in-person award)

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