Fair point.At some point in time the public will realise that it takes a certain kind of person to work on a submarine, and if you really want a nuclear deterrent you have to put up with certain shenanigans, a bit of charlie, and a good night on the pop.
Ahem - at 'real' sunset (outside, on the surface) the interior lights throughout the boat go to red. At 'real' dawn, the interior lights go back to white. Hence if you wake up and look out of your bunk you can tell if it is 'day' or 'night' - not that it matters a jot with 6 on/6 off!Sunrise to sunset? In a submarine? Did it have Velux windows or something?
Best bet is to acknowledge the sun has just set somewhere or other and crack on.
To clarify, the curtains were around the illuminated chart table on the bridge, not obscuring the bridge windows. This is SOP to avoid ruining the night vision of everyone on the bridge....I like the story of HMS Sutherland getting to within 600 yds of a Dutch trawler because the officer of the watch had drawn the bridge curtains...
Wherever the curtain/s were, the court martial board clearly believed that:To clarify, the curtains were around the illuminated chart table on the bridge, not obscuring the bridge windows. This is SOP to avoid ruining the night vision of everyone on the bridge.
andLt Stanley even told a surprised colleague on the ship's bridge that if anyone asked 'she wasn't behind the curtain'.
resulting inLieutenant Stanley, who admitted a charge of 'negligently hazarding a ship', told the court martial: 'It was wrong and foolish of me to put the ship in that situation* I let myself and the ship's company down.
Sentencing her, Assistant Judge Advocate Alan Large, said: 'You shut yourself away at the back of the bridge. You shut the blackout curtain behind you and carried on with your planning.
'The most important thing is you weren't able to keep a visual look out - your bridge team had to prompt you about fishing vessels.'
He ordered Lt Stanley to pay a fine of £4,000 and told her she would also be severely reprimanded.
She was having a kip, probably pissed?Wherever the curtain/s were, the court martial board clearly believed that:
- the curtain/s obscured the bridge windows from the officer of the watch as she sat behind them.
- the officer of the watch had little to zero situational awareness as she sat behind the curtain/s she had drawn.
- she knew that hiding herself away behind the curtains was wrong by virtue of:
Drawing the curtain/s cost her £4k, earned her a ‘severe reprimand’ and possibly as a brucie bonus, a permanently stalled career. Mind you, you’d wonder why the navigating officer and bridge lookouts (whatever they are called) allowed the ship to get so close to another vessel without alerting the O.O.W. Stitch up perhaps?
The Judge Advocate General is Head of the Service Justice System. There is also a Vice-Judge Advocate General and several Assistant Judge Advocate Generals all of whom are civilians.Does the Judge Advocate have any military background like ALS, or are they just civy judges working for military courts?
So a civvy then. I wonder what miltary training is provided?