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What do you miss being a matelot?

I miss my monthly chats with the Captain.

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I miss the camaraderie, a wet on the flight deck as the sun goes down (apprentice training), being awoken at 0600 to the sound of ventilation being shut down and the arooga going off (work ups were fun), to going foreign with pusser paying you to be there, to having sewage swimming around on 3 deck because we were in sonar quiet state and the CO didnt want to pump shit (ok, I don't really miss that).

Returning from patrol and seeing FBC and knowing we would be alongside soon, seeing the hills change from grey when we left to bursting with spring colour on our return. The many long goodbyes :( but the joy of the reunion with loved ones on my return :)

The sense of humour Jack has. Civvies just do not get it and never will.
 
I take it he has not been a bad boy as he is still wearing his cap.

My question though is why do the officers have jackets on while Jolly Jack is in short sleeve order? Should all not be in the same order of dress?

It was the nearest thing to a defaulters table that I could find.
Sometimes - you stood there and nice things happened...sometimes
it was the opposite. I would imagine that most of us have been
there for both.

B.N.M.
 
It was the nearest thing to a defaulters table that I could find.
Sometimes - you stood there and nice things happened...sometimes
it was the opposite. I would imagine that most of us have been
there for both.

B.N.M.

Defaulters on leaving Crete. I was 1/2 hour adrift under sailing orders and the gangway was about to be lifted as I came onto the jetty in the taxi. CO not a happy bunny. It cost me a days pay. However it did not wipe the smile off my face as she was worth it!!
 
It was the nearest thing to a defaulters table that I could find.
Sometimes - you stood there and nice things happened...sometimes
it was the opposite. I would imagine that most of us have been
there for both.

B.N.M.
most of mine were good, worst was a £125 fine but from jimmy so kept my hook.
I miss my monthly chats with the Captain.

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@Ageing_Gracefully
the MAA also in short sleeves, defines officers from tge rest?
 
putting the world to rights, every morning before turn too, usually ends with nuclear deterrent being used.
bullshit and banter, satisfaction of a job well done.
jollies were a bonus, subbies made them even better
 
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I take it he has not been a bad boy as he is still wearing his cap.

My question though is why do the officers have jackets on while Jolly Jack is in short sleeve order? Should all not be in the same order of dress?

That'll be a Requestman, Formally but politely seeking the Capting's permission:

'To proceed ashore in an orderly fashion' for the sole purpose of peacefully enlightening and picturising the PJs (or any other ignorant natives)" at whatever exotic location requires his immediate presence and reckless, but charitable, donations to the local economy.


Short sleeve order ?? WTF??
Half blues, sunshine, half blues.:rolleyes::rolleyes:

All present being in the appropriate "Rig of the day" as their chosen vocation and lawful occasion requires.


You may not have noticed but those distinctive (and reversible) White Fronts have very short sleeves - purposely designed for JJ to flex his muscular biceps without restriction whilst modestly revealing his gloriously tattooed, bronzee-bronzeed and salt-caked forearms.
Traditionally, the side effect is that of creating moisture at the nether regions of the opposite sex (All Ages).

In Catholic countries records indicate that this phenomena is responsible for the surge of Nuns queueing at Confessionals throughout their land.
 
My oppos - sharing clothes and foo foo - going ashore in a big group and looking after each other - channel nights - how much beer and spirits I could have when I was rated up to PO.........................

Deck Hockey

Absolutely knowing that I was the best Jack Dusty with the best shipmates on the best ships in the best Navy in the world
 
My oppos - sharing clothes and foo foo - going ashore in a big group and looking after each other - channel nights - how much beer and spirits I could have when I was rated up to PO.........................

Deck Hockey

Absolutely knowing that I was the best Jack Dusty with the best shipmates on the best ships in the best Navy in the world
would that be HMS H Nettley?
 

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