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Seadog

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The only really angry mail was from a naval officer who looks a likely contender to captain one of the new Type 45s.

What does he base that on? Did the angry naval officer tell him so or is LP letting himself down (huge) by putting his own spin on the correspondence?

As for his P2000 slag off, is there much to chose between being CO of a P2000 or Jimmy of a Hunt boat? An officer being considered for command of a major warship will usually have a broader naval experience than Lewis Page.
 

Seadog

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Thanks for that Cat. My 'question' was more of a suggestion that neither appointment is necessarily Hornbloweresque, even if it leads to greater things. LP has no business slagging off the appointment/person of a P2000 CO from the position of second fiddle on something not much bigger and a lot slower.
 
letthecatoutofthebag said:
Going off thread, but to answer your question, the jobs are different and subtly different qualities are required. Put it this way: you have to have Command Quaification 1 and pass the XCAB (Executive & Command Appointments Board) to get a P2000 drive (the board also selects OPV XOs, all MM/PP (inc P2000/Gib Sqn) COs and FF/DD XOs).

You don't need to be CQ1 for MM XO and as far as I am aware XO of a Hunt or Sandown is a non-selective appointment and is part of the normal career path for a MCDO or MWO.

Correct, and these days they can't even get conduct unless they've sat CQ1. Which they haven't, because they're not navigation qualified and they cannot be arsed to sit the exams. MM XOs (and OPV 1st Lts) are no more than glorified OOWs, with a special interest in Heads and Bathrooms and a penchant for boarding fishermen and/or swimming with Pusser.
 
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