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Jossmen and boneheads

I once served with a LREG on HMS Iron Duke in the early to mid 90's, he was a top guy, JJ if you're reading this, regards shippers.

I also worked with a MAA in Chicksands who was a diamond bloke.
Must admit the jaunty on the Triumph, Alex Sommerville, was straight down the line with officers, senior rates, and junior rates, a hard but fair man, and everybody knew where they stood with him.
I found them all to be top blokes as long as they didn't know I existed.
It's when I came to their attention that problems seemed to start.
Was in Nelson the day before release, in civvies when I was stopped by a Fleet Joss who said I needed a haircut, I explained I was going outside next day...his reply was '' Just not your day today is it'', even took me into the admin block and told one of the RPO's to ensure my hair was cut before release.... :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:
We managed to brain the MAA on the Argonaut whilst setting up to dress ship one of the ends slipped before it was attached we did cry out
'B E L O W' but he just stopped and looked up and the shackle and swivel hit him right on the forehead.
We spent a long time trying to prove our innocence in that it was an accident and not deliberate, if it had been deliberate we would have probably missed 99 times out of a 100.

There seemed to be a slight grudge against the comms mess after that.

I've known a few good uns, I wish I could remember their names, (I think old age is creeping up).

HMS Herald during the Falklands
HMS Manchester during the first Gulf

The MAA on Hermione last commish was a rum un, got sent home from Gulf after gate crashing a cock & ass party in Dubai (I think) No names coz he went on to more serious things (allegedly)
The Jaunty on The Endurance in 1981/82 (In fact I think he was a Fleet MAA) looked like Col Saunders of KFC fame.
He was a decent bloke though but I cant remember his name.

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