Found in another forum. Felt it deserved a bigger audience.

Discussion in 'The Quarterdeck' started by clanky, Jan 19, 2009.

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  1. Don't lament for modern "Jack"

    The Bosun's Call still pipes "The Still",
    "The Side" and "Call the hands" so clear and trill,
    Daily Orders by keyboard - now typed and "disted"
    And to read on notice boards yet still listed.

    The Chevy and Whaler alas superseded
    Their role (and beauty) no longer needed.
    For Boarding Ops two RIBS for pace,
    GPS and Rifles - no time for grace.

    Damage Control - State One isn't lost
    On Modern Jack as he works through OST.
    Stokers now called E.T.M.E.s
    Working towards Engineering Degrees!

    Chief AWW now the GI's gone,
    But with Drill and Gunnery still has his fun.
    Lookouts now for Subs and Aircraft
    And Dolphins - YES I'm not being daft!

    But please I beg - don't start to think
    That today's RN is all Fluffy and Pink.
    Jack's conditions are better - a fact well know
    And given half a chance - he'll still have a moan.

    But of ethos, traditions and a warrior's nerve,
    Out Jack and Jenny still proud to serve.
    All to the good the advance of their lot
    And not for a moment do they miss the Tot.

    And finally to those who are able to say
    They had their Tot each and every day,
    Modern Jack is still proud of all that you've done,
    And will remember "at the setting of the Sun".

    By a serving Commanding Officer.
  2. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    No worries mate, Nelson could still step aboard one of HM's grey funnel liners and feel at home, you fellas really need to take the leap and embrace the 19th century.
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Re: Found in another forum. Felt it deserved a bigger audien

    It truly brought a tear to my eye, sniff.

    (I dropped my cup of tea on my lap).

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