Thursday, November 9, 2017


Here is how we like to see our warships. Without so many dings in them please.

Doing Something Right. Not Run Down and Golden Anchor

Mind you, I watched in awe as a new skipper, driving his frail little ship for the first time, managed to put a dent in USS Wainwright which was freshly back in port after killing an Iranian warship. Pretty bold move I told the captain. After that, he was keen to let me drive the ship in close. I was OK with that. I like to drive.

It's nice to see a warship of ours with a bone its teeth. Too often these days I see them poking in and out of port at 5 knots, saving fuel like they're the complete incarnation of doofus Jimmy Carter.


OldAFSarge said...

"I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way."
- J. P. Jones, Captain, United States Navy

HMS Defiant said...

You know, just saying you intend to go in harm's way automatically disqualifies you for command these days. I am reminded of one of the passages I read long ago about how it was the business of a warship to shoot and be shot at and thus providing relief for a Royal Navy captain who had engaged in much shooting and being shot at when the dockmasters were trying to point out the wastage of his command.

OldAFSarge said...

Sad but true.