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

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The Chevy and Whaler alas superseded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.


War Hero
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.


War Hero
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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