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.


  1. "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

    1. 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.