The latest issue of Private Eye has a convincing article that apparently lists the c0ck-ups behind the whole Cornwall saga. Below is an abridged version - no link available to the article, so buy the magazine. - The Cdre in charge of task group has BBC, Channel 5 and Sky film crews on board Cornwall (his flagship) as the Senior Service is envious of the amount of coverage the Army are getting. - It is decided that it would be good PR to send out a boarding party consisting of 2 small boats, one of which is driven by a Wren, rather than any of the other larger vessels in the task group. The 2 boats inspect 1 vessel and board a second. - The Lynx has a BBC film crew on board. The Lynx returns to Cornwall because the film crew have an appointment scheduled to interview the Cdre! - The Iranians have seen the Wren on Channel 5 news and come up with a great idea. The rest is history, and following the capture and release of the 15, the Admiralty is desperate to avoid the true story getting out. - Someone decides on a great idea. "Let's get the guys and girl to sell their stories, lots of PR." Meanwhile, no BoI, let's "move on". - After the brown stuff hits the fan, Swiss Des (liberally splattered in it) sets up 2 inquiries to get himself off the hook. One of those inquiries will look into the events leading up to capture. Ouch! This version appears to get Swiss Des off the hook somewhat, and the Eye claims it was a decision taken entirely by the Navy, which I find hard to believe - they may have come up with the idea but it would have been run past MoD corporate comms.