Is it safe for women to serve at sea?

Do you think the Commons Defence Committee should look-again at the issue of women at sea?

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In the light of the Coates case, I was wondering if people think the House of Commons Defence Committee ought to look at the issue of women at sea again? This is with regard to the statement made today that alcohol will not be banned from ships (thanks TattooDog) and with regard to the failure to strictly enforce the no-touching rule. Perhaps it is impractical to enforce? If women are to remain afloat, should they serve in all-women ships? After all the close confines of a ship cannot be compared to the conditions in shore barracks for women who join the Army or RAF.

Head down, awaiting flak! :twisted:
 
Personally I don't like women serving with men on ships and I never have done. Thats my opinion and its got nothing to do with women not being able to do mens jobs or any of that kind of rubbish.

It will never be undone though. What political party has the suicidal tendancy to do that!
 

2badge_mango

War Hero
Always_a_Civvy said:
In the light of the Coates case, I was wondering if people think the House of Commons Defence Committee ought to look at the issue of women at sea again? This is with regard to the statement made today that alcohol will not be banned from ships (thanks TattooDog) and with regard to the failure to strictly enforce the no-touching rule. Perhaps it is impractical to enforce? If women are to remain afloat, should they serve in all-women ships? After all the close confines of a ship cannot be compared to the conditions in shore barracks for women who join the Army or RAF.

Head down, awaiting flak! :twisted:

If the said committee and all others who have no idea of what USED to constitute service in the Royal Navy had kept their f*****g beaks out the problem would never have arisen.

Disgusted - York.
 

F169

War Hero
Wasn't it Maggie who forced the issue originally?

AAC - there are thousands of women working at sea, day in day out. Just think of the Cruise ship industry. Women at sea in the RN should have f*** all to do with the HofC Select Committee.

As to the RN specifically, in a well managed ship the no touching rules are perfectly capable of being enforced and 'no-go' areas will not exist. Again, in a well managed ship alcohol will not be a problem. I say managed instead of led because both issues are management not leadership ones.
 
Is it safe for gays to serve at sea? I can't understand why there is all this fuss about women (or gays come to that) in the military. I just think it's a sign of an ill educated mass of people who will slowly be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century. At one time it was thought that black people shouldn't be trusted with guns and were too thick to fly aeroplanes. I don't see any difference in attitudes to women except that there is the added complication that the military structure relies upon and indeed encourages men to see women as 'comfort for the troops' and this creates problems when they have to work very closely together in a professional capacity. They also encourage people to drink to relieve tension and look what family/health/psychological problems that creates for many who serve.

I don't understand why enforcing the no touching rule should be so difficult, but perhaps someone could explain? It works well enough in civvy street. I presume predatory gay men wouldn't last long in the forces so why should men prey on women and get away with it - or indeed women upon men.

I hope some serving women will post on this topic.
 

mikh

MIA
Women have served on RN Ships for something like 16 or 17 years now it was a move I was'nt over the moon about when it happened, but its here to stay.

One case should not be used to decide the issue of women at sea.
 

JeffB

Badgeman
AAC - What en entirely pointless tabloid style question to pose.

Do you seriously think that the select committee, (particularly since they are all politicians) will touch this one with a barge pole? They won't go anywhere near such an investigation for fear a. of alienating half of their electorates and b. getting hung out to dry by the court of human rights.

Is it safe for women to go to sea? - what do you think? do we at best promote an atmosphere of mysogyny and at worst encourage rapists to go about their disgusting habits unfettered? - I don't think we are anywhere on that scale. I put it to you that us matelots are, on the whole a much more balanced bunch than you will find in many other industrial workplaces.

Women go to sea, they have done for nearly 20 years and they will continue to do so for the forseeable future - so get used to it. Furthermore, if you were to remove women from sea-going billets overnight you would cause a huge manpower issue and would have to tie up significant numbers of hulls - do you think that they would increase the recruiting pipelines to compensate? - not a chance - welcome to the next black hole.

In my personal opinion, having served in both stag and mixed manned ships, the presence of women onboard does bring its own issues but that is what the Code of Social Conduct is all about and it is up to the Ship's leadership to enforce that line.

In short: unsafe for women at sea? - don't be ridiculous!
Select committee involvement? - forget it!
Remaining issues after 20 years? - leave it for the tabloid media to get woefully wrong (as is their forte).

You wanted flak - you've got it!
 

hobbit

War Hero
The matter of females at sea does not question the ability of women to perform any task that males are required to perform but the basic issue of SEX. Nature sometimes takes over regardless of any man made rules so the possibility of consensual or other sexual activity is always present. Add alcohol and the possibility is increased considerably. So the mixture of male , female and alcohol = hanky panky, an equation that has been well accepted for a long time.
Forget all the infantile debate accept the facts and do not have mixed crews or booze in any fighting force for the reasons stated. Oh! and while you're at it ban smoking too. Imagine the lives and ships lost because some weak bastard wanted a smoke or a drink and with the addition of male/female well use your imagination.
I rest my case although the disaster involving HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Voyager ( 1964 ) comes to mind. The recent unfortunate and unpleasant case may be the proverbial tip of the iceberg with many more not reported or revealed so why not use preventive measures instead of PW unenforcable laws. Probabley because there's no one with the balls to make the decision. :idea:
 
Safe for women at Sea? Hell no! The other side have missiles, bombs, mines, guns, bullets, sharp sticks... all sorts of nasties. Of course it's never been safe for blokes to go to sea either but that's never bothered anyone.
 
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