Waffoos Captaining our principal warships

ratsroden

Lantern Swinger
The Priest-Cookes father and son both Air Arm Observers found themselves as C,O's of our warships although both of them understood just the Lynx chopper aboard them.
Little use complaining that these two chaps were drafted aboard as the best available, Not even Air Arm pilots but merely Observers. You pays yer money and get wot cums out.
Both now gone says a grateful tax payer
 

slim

War Hero
The Priest-Cookes father and son both Air Arm Observers found themselves as C,O's of our warships although both of them understood just the Lynx chopper aboard them.
Little use complaining that these two chaps were drafted aboard as the best available, Not even Air Arm pilots but merely Observers. You pays yer money and get wot cums out.
Both now gone says a grateful tax payer
As any Observer wil tell you, they are the brains of the operation.
The pilot is merely the driver who goes where th observer tells him to.
 

Jacobus

Lantern Swinger
The Priest-Cookes father and son both Air Arm Observers found themselves as C,O's of our warships although both of them understood just the Lynx chopper aboard them.
Little use complaining that these two chaps were drafted aboard as the best available, Not even Air Arm pilots but merely Observers. You pays yer money and get wot cums out.
Both now gone says a grateful tax payer
Sorry. Not sure if that was a direct translation from native Dothraki. In either event complete bollocks. Any number of JAFO’s ( just another [email protected] Observer) have made excellent squadron CO’s and ships’ Captains. And out of the two jobs I’d say JAFO was the more difficult. Just look at the failure rate.
 

Waspie

War Hero
I thought once officers went on the General List they could take command, full stop. Irrespective of specialisation!
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
The Priest-Cookes father and son both Air Arm Observers found themselves as C,O's of our warships although both of them understood just the Lynx chopper aboard them.
Little use complaining that these two chaps were drafted aboard as the best available, Not even Air Arm pilots but merely Observers. You pays yer money and get wot cums out.
Both now gone says a grateful tax payer

The younger has had appointments as Ops, XO and three commands before taking command of QNLZ.

Which heads and bathrooms were your part of ship?
 

wave_dodger

MIA
Book Reviewer
The Priest-Cookes father and son both Air Arm Observers found themselves as C,O's of our warships although both of them understood just the Lynx chopper aboard them.
Little use complaining that these two chaps were drafted aboard as the best available, Not even Air Arm pilots but merely Observers. You pays yer money and get wot cums out.
Both now gone says a grateful tax payer
Bit of an utterly bollocks post there, lunchtime drinking back in vogue?

Both were good at their jobs I worked for one and knew one very well. Incidentally a good friend who is an F18 pilot is about to command as US CVN. Shall I call the Pentagon and tell them to stop because he might not understand the SH-60R, F-35C, E2-E operations?

Good attempt at faking outrage but for a long time aircrew have commanded both ships and squadrons, as a tax payer you'd probably want the right experience and qualifications doing that.
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
Although some do, the Old Man isn’t required to know everything about everything, that’s why he or she is supported by experienced and specialist subordinates.

‘If you want me I’ll be in the AMR doing an injector change’ said no Commanding Officer ever.

A CO of mine, appointed to a sea command after a decade of flying made it his business to prepare by double banking the CO of a ship of the same class at sea. On his own volition. Others may do likewise.
 

Archstoker

Midshipman
the story about the loss/ sinking of the carrier HMS Glorious in WW2 was allegedly caused by a CO v Flight commander argument that resulted in Glorious left vulnerable and ultimately sunk with great loss of life.
Also her two escort destrpyers lost aswell!
 
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