DAVESBITS 1963-1964 1964-1967 1967-1968 1968-1970 1971-1972 Up the Creek 1972-1974 HMS Dryad   Shrinking Navy

NOT

PROTECTING

OUR

NATION'S

   INTERESTS ANYMORE

 

 
 

This is about my time in the Royal Navy, warts and all - I make no apologies for these  written words, and if I upset some people so be it.   I arrived one wet April morning between two ages.  The old navy and the start of the new.  So a  critical time for the Royal Navy, driven now by new technology and reducing budgets.  In a way it should have been an exciting time. What actually happened was muddled thinking, confusion, bad  ship design, poor leadership -  accumulating in low morale, and the mass exist of skilled and experienced  sailors in the early seventies. What caused the problems? To start with no decent pay rise in three years.     Still at sixteen I was blissfully unaware of anything other than probably what the hell was I doing here, and wishing I had never joined.  (Well only in the first week that is.)

 

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DAVESBITS 1963-1964 1964-1967 1967-1968 1968-1970 1971-1972 Up the Creek 1972-1974 HMS Dryad   Shrinking Navy