Saturday, February 16, 2013

Misplaced Rum Ration: Submariners' drunken misconduct

Submarine Mystery Questions
 16 FEB 2013

Background
Figures obtained by the BBC revealed 311 disciplinary incidents in the past three years on the navy's 13 submarines, including 42 cases of misconduct or unfitness through alcohol or drugs and "13 instances of misconduct or unfitness due to alcohol or drugs on the four Trident submarines, which carry nuclear weapons as the nation's nuclear deterrent. ...An inquest last month into the death of Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux focused attention on what was described as a culture of excessive drinking among the submarine's personnel.source

 "Although alcohol is available on board Royal Navy ships and submarines, its consumption is extremely limited and the RN's promotion of healthy living, coupled with the professionalism of modern sailors, means that fewer sailors drink at sea than ever before," added a navy spokesman. [color emphasis added]; [ibid]

The most common form of misconduct within the submarine service is going absent without leave, which accounts for about half the incidents. [ibid]  The Table below was provided following a freedom of information request:

 

Questions of the Week:

1- Based upon evident disciplinary performance trends (improved, deteriorating, worse than average, etc) for each RN submarine, their names have often been misleading.  While some subs might retain their commissioned names, others would be more appropriately swapped in the sense of disciplinary performance of recent years.  Assigning a) to HMS Astute, b) to HMS Ambush, through m) for HMS Vigilant, match the performance in each row with the appropriate name.

Example:  k) Vengeance, might be more appropriately named Astute  

ANSWERS: Sunday, 23 FEB.
 

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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