I was recently on board a Royal Navy type 42 on the way down to Gibraltar from Pompey. As I took a visit to the bridge wings (to **cough** reset my gyros) I was appalled to see several matelots going about their duties (cleaning miniguns in this instance) wearing IPod headphones in thier ears. Is this sort of behavior now common place in the rest of the services? I would have thought that any CSM/TSM worth his salt would have "launched" any tom he saw doing this? Is this just the sad state our forces have been reduced to? I have to admit that it looked terribly unprofessional, but maybe that's the RN for you???