Saturday, 27 November 2010

Unemployment Figures Do Not Rise

The commander of HMS Astute has been told he can't be left in charge.

 "From  November 26 he was removed from command of HMS Astute. "

Never fear for Commander Coles, though.  "He's going to continue with the Royal Navy. He will be reappointed to another post. It's an internal administrative matter between Commander Coles and his senior officers." 

The spokesman said it was not known what the new post will be.  Well, it's hard to imagine what can be offered to a submarine commander who runs his submarine into a sandbank and, when it floats off with the tide, bumps into a nearby tug sent to pull him off if the tide doesn't rise enough.

 The submarine returned to its base at Faslane on the Clyde three days after the incident.  'Limped home' doesn't begin to cover it.  What were they doing?  Rowing?


Odin's Raven said...

It's natural selection. These tests weed out the competent and select the incompetent to go on from damaging individual ships to damaging the whole national defence.

word verification: anker. Ha Ha!

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Jack Aubrey will be turning in his grave.

If, indeed, he is in it...perhaps he lies sleeping in some sea-cave, ready to arise when England's need is at its greatest, and sweep our enemies from the seas again.

All I can say is, he'd better get a move on: it's almost too late.

hatfield girl said...

That favourite phrase of economists 'mutatis mutandis' raises scary scenarios for the rest of the Armed Forces. This is, after all, the senior service.