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Arthur in more hot water

oldbaldy

LE
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#1
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/05/01/niraq401.xml

One of the sailors held hostage in Iran has failed to join his shipmates in Iraq after losing his passport.

The 14 other captives returned to their ship, Cornwall, by jet and helicopter. But able seaman Arthur Batchelor failed to leave Plymouth. He was assigned to temporary duties at shore base.

The passports of all 15 hostages were left aboard the ship when they went on their ill-fated patrol.

After their release they were all sent back to them in Britain. The sailor must now wait for new papers from the passport office in Newport, Gwent.
 
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Bottleosmoke

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#3
So am I reading this correctly.

They managed to get back from Tehran without passports as it says they were sent back to them?

Now the Navy cant manage to get this little wretch back to ship without one. What about a lift from the crabs?

What a crock of shite this is.
 
#4
Bottleosmoke said:
Now the Navy cant manage to get this little wretch back to ship without one. What about a lift from the crabs?

What a crock of shite this is.

Sir

I couldn't agree more.

Just thinking... ...dear departed father managed to travel to Egypt and back in 1935 and 1936 whilst serving. He got his first and only passport in 1963.
 
#5
To get back from Tehran sans passport would have required specialist diplomatic clearance, which would obviously have been available due to the circumstances.

The idiot cannot travel crab air because if the flight is required to divert to a foreign country he won't have any diplomatic clearance and could well find himself as guest of honour of another unsavoury regime. Ultimately he's a chimp for losing it in the first place, I'd charge him.
 
#6
Bat_Crab said:
To get back from Tehran sans passport would have required specialist diplomatic clearance, which would obviously have been available due to the circumstances.

The idiot cannot travel crab air because if the flight is required to divert to a foreign country he won't have any diplomatic clearance and could well find himself as guest of honour of another unsavoury regime. Ultimately he's a chimp for losing it in the first place, I'd charge him.
Strange, as i travelled sans passport to sunny downtown Dhahran courtesy of the fat albert fleet.
 
#8
Hang on a minute, who carries their passport when out on patrol, be it a foot patrol or a boarding party? His passport should have been either in his locker or with his records on board HMS Cornwall....this doesn't make sense.
 
#9
We were ordered to carry all our id documents at all times supposedly all needed if medivaced.
 
#10
I hear he has formed a new group with itunes....
Arthur and the Ipods....new single " I mustupha camel"
 
#12
An emergency passport may be issued by the British Consulate for a single return trip back to the UK, handed in on arrival. You'd be amazed at the amount of people who lose/have their passports stolen when abroad. Some flight carriers will allow you to return to UK without a passport if you have sufficient proof of your being British and have a police report of theft.
 
#14
rockhoppercrab said:
Bat_Crab said:
To get back from Tehran sans passport would have required specialist diplomatic clearance, which would obviously have been available due to the circumstances.

The idiot cannot travel crab air because if the flight is required to divert to a foreign country he won't have any diplomatic clearance and could well find himself as guest of honour of another unsavoury regime. Ultimately he's a chimp for losing it in the first place, I'd charge him.
Strange, as i travelled sans passport to sunny downtown Dhahran courtesy of the fat albert fleet.
Strange indeed because you shouldn't have done and, unless you are permanantly based there, you should have your passport on you at all times in Saudi Arabia anyway.
 
#16
I wonder if he “conveniently” lost his passport because he expected to get a sheadload of shït from his shipmates when he got back on board?

Or perhaps a senior officer “suggested” that he loose it, for the same reason.
 
#17
This is not so daft as it sounds from the Navy's point of view. He is very unlikely to have lost his passport when he was captured, he may have foolish enough to have taken his iPod, but his Docs Petty Officer (or whatever the RN equivalent is) will have been holding onto his passport. It will have been sent back to the UK by his ship, not by the Iranians.

The reason he is not allowed to deploy without it (just like everyone else in theatre) is in case he needs a compassionate flight home and a civilian flight from a civilian aiport is going to be quicker than the AT system.

However, the matelot in question is a prize @rse for losing it and whether or not it was an intentional loss remains a moot point.
 
#18
Little_Monkey said:
polar69 said:
Nato travel order ?
Is Iraq in NATO?
No but most of NATO is in Iraq...


Now would losing travel documents consistitute failure to make himself available for that draft? A fairly serious charge if I recall, more usually brought about by being late for flights/lifts et cetera. Arthur, you are about to become an admin case par excellence.

It seems as though the multiple curses of Arrsers are finally kicking in!
 

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