Thursday, November 03, 2011

What happens to sidelined UK sub commanders? Two 'Captain Calamities'

3 NOV 2011 - "Captain Calamity" #1 -
Navy commander who crashed nuclear sub HMS Astute on Skye gets dream Florida post

The Navy commander who crashed Britain's newest nuclear submarine is now jetting back and forth to Florida at taxpayers' expense. Commander Andy "Captain Calamity" Coles lost his command of £1billion HMS Astute after running it aground off Skye a year ago. [color emphasis added] ... The Ministry of Defence confirmed that Coles was now part of a submarine project team, with a job involving regular US trips, but refused to give more details. Read it all. source

13 JUN 1969 - "Captain Calamity" #2 -
Subic Bay, Philippines - Royal Navy submarine, HMS Rorqual (S02) commanded by Lieutenant-Commander Rowan Gavin Paton Menzies accidentally rammed USS Endurance (MSO-435). The collision punched a large hole into Endurance's hull but did only minor damage to Rorqual. Lieutenant-Commander Menzies retired the following year, and stood unsuccessfully as an independent candidate in Wolverhampton South West during the United Kingdom's general election 1970. source

Gavin Menzies later published the controversial book 1421: The Year China Discovered America.

Scholars and navigators, including Su Ming Yang of the United States, Jin Guo-Ping of Portugal, Philip Rivers of Malaysia, Malhão Pereira and Geoff Wade of Singapore questioned Menzies' methods and findings in a joint message:[24]

His book 1421: The Year China Discovered the World, is a work of sheer fiction presented as revisionist history. Not a single document or artifact has been found to support his new claims on the supposed Ming naval expeditions beyond Africa...Menzies' numerous claims and the hundreds of pieces of "evidence" he has assembled have been thoroughly and entirely discredited by historians, maritime experts and oceanographers from China, the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.

The unstoppable Menzies then published his second controversial book,

1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance, which met with even harsher academic criticism.

Not everyone has been quite so critical of Mr. Menzies historical accounts:
“MENZIES’S BOOKS ARE TREMENDOUS. HE HAS DONE HISTORY LIKE YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE. IT’S FASCINATING AND TURNS EVERYTHING UPSIDE DOWN.” - Glen Beck [not the Glenn Beck].


So what does Rowan Gavin Paton Menzies do nowadays, you ask? Well, as mentioned here, he is due to be interviewed THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD 1am-5am EST / 10pm-2am PST on the radio program Coast-to-Coast AM.

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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