Naval shopping antics

Shakey

War Hero
Does anyone know why a pair of RN lieutenants were wandering around Asda on Smithdown Road, Liverpool in rig this afternoon?

What I found disconcerting was that they were sharing a trolley and whenever I see blokes sharing a trolley I automatically think that they're a pair of analists.

What was bizarre was that all they seemed to be buying was some cling film and about 20kg of Persil.

What the **** do you think they were up to?
 

Skunkmiester

Lantern Swinger
I regularly used to go and do shopping with my oppo's from the same grot or go and do dhobi runs together.

I'm sure officers do the same.

I still think it is wrong to go ashore in rig though but it's allowed now I guess.
 
I'd lay money on the fact they were the 2 junior officers on an MCMV, in Liverpool for a visit , and the XO's told them to go buy some more dhobi powder as the ship's run out. I did exactly the same once in Newcastle, and received so much abuse from the locals, bought a cheapo jacket to wear over my rig when I went shopping.
 

Shakey

War Hero
geoffrey said:
I'd lay money on the fact they were the 2 junior officers on an MCMV, in Liverpool for a visit , and the XO's told them to go buy some more dhobi powder as the ship's run out.
Do MCMVs not have at least one steward on board to sort out the dhobi dust?

Nay, methinks they were preparing to partake in some unspoken and nefarious practice.
 

fangita

Badgeman
Shakey said:
geoffrey said:
I'd lay money on the fact they were the 2 junior officers on an MCMV, in Liverpool for a visit , and the XO's told them to go buy some more dhobi powder as the ship's run out.

Do MCMVs not have at least one steward on board to sort out the dhobi dust?

If he was anything like the stewards we had when I deployed in a certain now-defunct CVS, it would be a lot less hassle to get a junior officer to do it, otherwise the entire WR would be on a certain Stewards' Nines. And I'm not particularly keen on the taste of JR spittle..... unless it's in "Le Jardin" 10 minutes before closing time. :wink: :wink:
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
I'm more interested to know why you were taking such a close interest in men in uniform with packets of cling film? Anything you'd like to share with the rest of us? :wink:
 
Shakey said:
geoffrey said:
I'd lay money on the fact they were the 2 junior officers on an MCMV, in Liverpool for a visit , and the XO's told them to go buy some more dhobi powder as the ship's run out.
Do MCMVs not have at least one steward on board to sort out the dhobi dust?

Nay, methinks they were preparing to partake in some unspoken and nefarious practice.

You would trust a steward to go ashore with cash and actualy return sober with the items required.

Go to the bottom of the class for Man/Lady management.

Nutty
 
Skunkmiester said:
I still think it is wrong to go ashore in rig though but it's allowed now I guess.

Before the NI trouble we had no choice but to go ashore in Uniform any place outside of a Naval Port UK or Abroad. Even in Naval Ports, Pompey, Guzz etc it only changed about 1965.

Nutty
 
In the late '70s, apart from the IRA, another reason given was to prevent so-called "student activists" having a go at us.
Us being "Lackeys of the capitalist establishment", and other such terms of endearment.

I find it ironic now, that those selfsame students are now the Government.
 

Father_Famine

Lantern Swinger
I use that very branch of ASDA, but, I hasten to add am not a Lieutenant or have a penchant for Officers Uniforms.
The strange thing is on Friday I went to Tesco in Allerton Road instead, I needed fuel as well.
I am based about 1/2 mile from said ASDA and indeed visit the NHS units just behind it regularly.
I wonder if they were something to do with the URNU, maybe they needed some dhobi dust prior to sailing away for the weekend, students might take their weeks dhobying on board to crack out at the weekend, which also might explain why they were in uniform :oops:
 

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