Prior to National Service in the RN., I was a sea cadet onboard HMS Termagant(1954) I remember a very slick operation of coming up to a buoy the result of much practice. And I have recorded it in a book I am writing From my memory the procedure was to use the ship's whaler (a 27ft boat with four or five rowers and a cox) the crew get in the whaler together with buoy jumper/s - young sailor/s both agile and strong swimmers. The whaler was lowered to just above the water, the falls (ropes that lower the boat to the water) are fed from the whaler bow through the bullseye or fairleads on the ships fo’castle and back along the upper deck, then ‘clear lower decks’ to ‘man the falls.’ As the ship slowly approaches the buoy, the whaler is slipped into the water, the crew manning the falls heave on the falls moving swiftly along the upper deck giving the whaler way and with its tiller hard over moves rapidly away from the ship. Then rowing to the buoy, the buoy jumper leaps on to buoy who catches a heaving line from the ship to pull in a heavier line and eventually the anchor cable (chain) from which the anchor has been detached and secured to the deck with a wire strop or Blake Slip. While the Buoy activity is progressing the whaler rows back to the ship to be hoisted back on board by the crew again manning the falls. So what about the poor buoy jumper stranded on the buoy, no problem, he climbs up the anchor cable back on to the fo’c’s’le. The time from start to finish under 3 minutes. It was an excellent example of the culture of Navy training and practice of procedures repeatedly, to perfection. Although I may have witnessed this procedure several times, this description has strained my memory of 60 years, to the limit and I will be grateful if any old salt can offer more detail and corrections. Remembered also is Able Seaman Campbell who had the onerous responsibility of caring for a dozen sea cadets.