As I stood in the rain today on Royal Soverign Avenue for the departure of Cdre Nance from Naval service I was struck by the genuine affection that people seemed to have for him. The ripple of applause that spread through the SRs and Officers was illustrative of this and it struck me as strange that a talented officer who has had numnerous drives should not have got his flag. I dont want to turn this into a debate over his career and encourage speculation on why he did not get promoted, just highlight my slight depression that the Navy is able to say goodbye to such talented people ..... I will be interested to see the next round of Cdre to Flag appointments because it must mean they are better then Cdre Nance. Seems a hard act to follow and doesnt say much for career prospects frankly.