Why do we use Zulu time?

#1
I mean, I know we conquered half of the world, but why use an African tribe's time? Surely London time would have been better, no?
 
#3
A) Conquerers get to choose which tribe's name to use where and when and however it likes.
B) London is not accurate enough - London time could be GMT/UT or BST.
c) It's the Army. Ergo, why should it seem to make sense on many levels? ;-)
 
#5
Get a grip dipshit. I mean if you are just being racist.. Kill yourself...if you are just a bit thick and do not know how zones were divvied up then kill yourself also....what a fooking bone question!!!!


Wah shield up!
Zulu time is the time taken from the meridien without seasonal adjustments. Hence zulu time is the clock that the whole world ticks by. The central tick tock if you like, particularly maritime, aviation and military.

Wah shield down
 
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#6
Same reason there's the token black guy as a extra on the tv, evens the playing field for years if slavery. They are the time masters now!

Who's laughing now eh?!
 
#7
I think it should be dropped and a more up to date angle taken towards finding a new all incompasing phrase ..... I suggest " Tinky Winky " time .. Taxi's book ta !!
 
#8
You shouldn't change tradition,

Is it the hour the Zulus first attacked? Or the hour defence was secured at Rorkes drift?
 
#9
We don't always use Z though, we also use A depending on BST in the UK.

Few people notice because it is rarely written down. We have to use the correct DTG in IEDD reports.
Ahem.

It's the NAAFI. Make some shit up.

I use Zulu time because Baby Jebus told me to. I've been to Greenwich as well, so it must all be true.
 
#10
Fucking hell, I've just noticed who the OP was.

Is the smell of the Granox getting to you?

Best laugh of the night.
 
#11
[deploy Wah shield]

It's Zulu time because Zulu is phonetic for Z.

If we had "London" time then that would be Lima time as "London" isn't part of the phonetic alphabet.

[pack away Wah shield]
 
#12
Get a grip dipshit. I mean if you are just being racist.. Kill yourself...if you are just a bit thick and do not know how zones were divvied up then kill yourself also....what a fooking bone question!!!!


Wah shield up!
Zulu time is the time taken from the meridien without seasonal adjustments. Hence zulu time is the clock that the whole world ticks by. The central tick tock if you like, particularly maritime, aviation and military.

Wah shield down
Fucking racist? Go on explain, never served no-mark!!
 
#13
I make a point of using Zulu whenever anyone asks me the time. Reactions vary.
 
#14
[deploy Wah shield]

It's Zulu time because Zulu is phonetic for Z.

If we had "London" time then that would be Lima time as "London" isn't part of the phonetic alphabet.

[pack away Wah shield]
OK then why Z? Why not T for Time, like H-Hour or D-Day?

And why do the military refer to the 24 hour clock? Have you ever seen a 24hour clock? Cheating bastards use a 12hour clock and make it go round twice.
 

Legs

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#15
OK then why Z? Why not T for Time, like H-Hour or D-Day?

And why do the military refer to the 24 hour clock? Have you ever seen a 24hour clock? Cheating bastards use a 12hour clock and make it go round twice.
don't be daft. Just imagine it...

"What's the time Sarg?"
"1430 T-time"
Cool, I'll stick the kettle on then..."
 
#16
Because Z was going spare this one time and got used as an expiedency. No one questioned it and the usage just carried out until it became established Practice*.

Yes, I have seen 24 hour clocks. I actually have a few around the house - but they are digital.



*My dad used to tell this tale from his time doing National Service. One day when painting kerbstones a tin of paint got knocked over. Thinking fast he painted it into a neat square. Years later he had cause to go back to the same barracks, and found the same square freshly re-painted! No one knew why it was there, it just became accepted and established.

Ok, so I've known the same tale re-told time and again with every person claiming credit for it. But some tales work better told in the first person and it's from such parables that lessons get passed on...
 
#17
Wish I was in Foxtrot timezone - would be just getting ready to go home by now :)

Anyone, when asked, whilst away on deployment been asked: "Whats the time in Zulu?" and you reply: "jabbalabbalabbalabbablabbalabba"
 
#19
Wish I was in Foxtrot timezone - would be just getting ready to go home by now :)

Anyone, when asked, whilst away on deployment been asked: "Whats the time in Zulu?" and you reply: "jabbalabbalabbalabbablabbalabba"
Dancing has its own time? Fucking cool!
 
#20
OK then why Z? Why not T for Time, like H-Hour or D-Day?

And why do the military refer to the 24 hour clock? Have you ever seen a 24hour clock? Cheating bastards use a 12hour clock and make it go round twice.
My digital clock doesn't go round twice :)


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