Something not quite right...

Was sent this picture in a text yesterday by an old oppo, trying to figure out what's wrong with this scene ( sorry the picture is the wrong way but my phone won't let me rotate it)

 
Day of Staff Sea Check, we're all lined up in the hangar, FOSTies on the jetty waiting for colours to finish: Bosun's Mate smartly hoists the Jack up the Ensign Staff. PO(M) goes ******* burzequack, rest of Ship's Company try not to giggle, CO now dreads the rest of BOST........
 

Warchild

Newbie
In the days when Colours was the perk of the Comms Dept and this happened, we'd get a right slagging by the ships company, "How can you be so F***ing stupid as to pull a flag up upside down, it's not rocket science! Never get a Dabber doing that!"
Apparently, you do!
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Isn't it the internationl sign of distress?

I bet the OOD and gangway staff were distressed!! Coffee, hold the biscuits!
 
Dabbers ? ..... I thought this was the responsibility of Bunting Tossers (or whatever they are these days) - review cutbacks I presume ?
;)
 
G

guestm

Guest
Dabbers ? ..... I thought this was the responsibility of Bunting Tossers (or whatever they are these days) - review cutbacks I presume ?
;)
Or not requiring 300 people to crew a frigate. Duty watch perk.
 

yamyamdabber

War Hero
I remember the fine day that the Seaman Spec hoisted the Royal Standard upside down while being filmed by STV! He tried to deny that it was him as well!
 

yamyamdabber

War Hero
There was also one of the lads that tied the big ensign around the bottom of the Ensign Staff like you do to stop it flapping around before Colours but attached a Boat Ensign to the Halyard. He then preceeded off watch and wondered why he was piped to the bridge at the rush straight after the Carry On while a number of people were pissing themselves.
 

Chaz

MIA
In my days as an RO(G)/LRO(G) I found myself offing my lid in front of the CO on more than one occasion attempting to explain/waffle why I wasn't either at colours or why my colour party had shot through!

One of these occasions and the one that sticks in my memory was when on the Hermione when in 87 we paid a visit to Douglas, IOM for the annual Manx ceremonies. On my day of duty we had ceremonial colours as the guest of honour was Princess Margaret... to cut a long story short the duty watch of RO's for that day had been ashore the night before and the 3 of us were adrift for the cermony (1 x Prep & 2 x Ensign), we all got a shake at about 3 minutes to 0800 telling us we needed to be on the flight deck sharpish. My lasting memory of the whole event was running aft onto the 182 deck, climbing the ladder and the first thing I saw on peering through the hatch was Princess Margaret with the Skipper next to her tapping his foot and non too chuffed. Colours took place (late) and defaulters ensued once we'd left the IOM, the 3 of us were at the table together, the Skipper went ape and he took in excess of 350 big ones from the 3 us, getting fined over 100 squidlies back in 87 certainly hurt! I didn't learn my lesson either!
 

(granny)

RIP
Book Reviewer
On the Quarterdeck, ensign in hand, 0755, unfastened Inglefield clips and found one end leaving my fist and rising all the way to the top. Managed to heave myself up the ensign staff and grabbed hold of said end. Felt a right twat and wasn't very popular with the OOD either.
 
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