... Batho's statement ...
Hmm. As any fule no who knows 42's, his ship knowledge doesn't quite match up here. Had he used the direct route ... Ops Room to Bridge ... he would have used the transit ladders on the starboard side of the Ops Room, up one deck, wardroom flat, up another deck, outside the charthouse and up to the bridge. If he was stood in the pantry, he was in J section. His route to the Ops Room would be down, through a door (not in the Red Risk zone so therefore not shut at Yankee and through H section, through another door and into the Ops Room. Quite why he doesn't admit he was back aft in the pantry and have done with it, is a mystery. He wasn't responsible for the loss of Sheffield any more than the Tiller Flat wtachkeeper was. The navy was built for a purpose, had allowed shit to slip and wasn't prepared for the attack. Not his fault. Systemic failure rather than personal. He sounds like he is digging a bigger hole than was already dug, by justifying being away from his posting. He may have gone to the bridge for a goof, passed back to the bunhouse for a brew and unfortunately, that is exactly when the attack happened. Ten minutes later he could have been sat at his plot and done something about it. Blathering endlessly in mitigation and getting the facts wrong does nothing to better his case.