Once upon a time in a Navy far far away from this moment in time was a very puzzling Divisional Officer. Now he was puzzling as he was as ineffectual as water is for starting fires. His division neither loved him or hated him, it was more a case of they well...studied him to see what he might do/say/think next. An example of his wayward logic is given in this example of his ineffectually. We were in transit to South Africa, where we had been informed, was a rear Admiral, who would come aboard as soon as we entered harbor. All hands were turned to, painting their own parts of ship to tidly all up for his visit. We were under way at a great rate of knots and there was quite a wind across the focsul. Now being sailors we could light a fag in the middle of a hurricane, but we had no lighter amongst us. As we had been told we could not leave the cable deck until all was done, I was detailed to go down to the Gun bay flat and beg a light. This I did, and as I ascended the ladder to return to the upper scupper, I meet my DO. He was I should tell at that time the most senior Sub Lt in the Navy having been passed over more than once. Anyway he troops me for absent from place of work, and I get Jimmies table. So I elect for him to defend me thinking it might be interesting. It was. After the charge had been read out, "sculling from Place of work", the jimmy asks,"have you anything to say"? "My DO is speaking on my behalf ", I reply. "Able Seaman Rumrat is one of the best and most reliable hands in the division" he states. The jimmy looks at him as if he just spoke in Chinese and asks "why is he in front of me then"? "Because he is idle" says my DO. "Well in that case" says No 1 "troop all of them, and you can keep all the first every night at sea for the next three months taking instruction from the Nav O in how to run a division. Case dismiss rum rat, and see that your DO gets home safely", and muttered loud enough for all to hear, "Idiot". Whenever I see a take off of the typical upperclass twit, he springs to mind as he personifies the role. I did like you though S/Lt Dun... you made life interesting.