Halfway through killicks course got Loaned to a "S" Boat for a "week" while between parts of the coarse.The thing is, there's the leave you think you're going to get and the leave you finally take after the defects, programme changes and operational issues have taken their toll. Mate of mine was 5 minutes away from going home when they realised someone had done a runner, so he did a workup instead - with one set of 8's and a borrowed tooth brush, which as a stoker was something of an issue.
On the Fri 0830 Chief says "got your steaming kit onboard?"
"No I on leave as soon as you sail 2 weeks in the sun the back on Killicks course"
"Wrong, you've got half an hour to make your phone calls, get you steaming kit and get back onboard"
Ex girlfriend not best pleased Parents accept it, no sun for 3 months and a break in course of nearly a year.
Life in a Blue Suit.