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To be, or not to be?

By Mike Cunningham On June 5th, 2015 at 12:50 pm

I give you HMS Queen Elizabeth:-


I would like to show photographs of the jet fighters and bombers which will land and take off from her deckspaces, but there won’t be any aircraft until 2020.

Pity about that, but still…..never mind!

An Honourable Man?

By Mike Cunningham On May 18th, 2015 at 8:51 am

As I am first and foremost an Englishman, and after that British, I shall not link to the Trident document issued by William McNeillly. But this document’s appearance online should not be dismissed by the Royal Navy as the ‘meanderings of a very junior rating’, and “subjective and unsubstantiated personal views”.

I was able to access this document with two clicks of a mouse, and our enemies, of which there are many, will be able to read it exactly as I have done. The claims in this document are valid, and a Weapons System trainee should be listened to, and worries and stated concerns acted upon with alacrity.

Rating McNeilly has acted honourably, and if he acts as he states, and surrenders himself to the police, he might face a Court Martial, but should not be judged and dismissed out of hand!


some strife on the ocean wave….

By Mike Cunningham On August 8th, 2014 at 9:45 am


I note that the BBC has finally caught up with a story which has been widely reported on both other news-sites as well as the MSM, which of course was the news that Commander Sarah West has been removed from her post as Captain of the Type 23 frigate HMS Portland because she was having sexual relations, or as the BBC coyly states, ‘an affair’ with one of her subordinate officers. Whether she was being screwed by a male junior officer, or alternatively doing whatever lesbians actually do, it amounts to the same thing, which involves a breach of the Navy’s ‘Social conduct’ code, and she has to go. The Navy also stated that she is not being dismissed, but will be reappointed to a post where her skills and experience can be used to best effect,” I give my own interpretation of what such a post might be in the following picture.










But my point in writing in regard to this female naval officer is to highlight the sheer stupidity of confining young, healthy and sexually-active men and women together aboard a naval vessel, and then expecting that no impropriety will take place. It is sheer, unmitigated lunacy to demand that young, testosterone-fuelled men;  placed in very close proximity with young, attractive women who also are similarly-fuelled with female hormones; to constantly deny the natural urges which are brought on by the inevitable attractions of the opposite sex: and vice-versa with the women, whom, I presume, go through the same pressures as men do.

It is simply a surrender to the ever-growing pressures of politically-correct clowns who have obviously never served a day in uniform in any sector of the military, to firstly demand equality of selection and treatment when recruiting for any branch of military duty, and then to state that, under no circumstances whatsoever shall these young men and women give way to the baser sexual urges which fuel their entire systems. We are not yet in the position of the American Armed forces, where careers and even possibly lives are being placed at risk because some lesbian bitch has been advanced far beyond her capabilities because she is a lesbian, but that has happened in Uncle Sam’s Navy,, and seemingly we are fast catching up. The Royal Navy which I knew and respected is in danger of being castrated, both in terms of ships, but also, sadly, of its personnel.


two hospital beds….

By Mike Cunningham On June 8th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

aroyaldukeThe first is occupied by a 92 year-old Prince Philip, a man who successfully surmounted his upbringing by a mother who was profoundly deaf, and who was committed to a mental hospital when he was eight; and by his father Prince Andrew of Greece, who had promptly deserted his young family and went off to live with his mistress.

He served his adopted country superbly during World War Two, seeing wartime action aboard HMS Ramillies &  HMS Valiant, and destroyer service aboard HMS Wallace amd HMS Whelp. The Wallace survived a night-time bombing by German aircraft through the agile mind of the young Lieutenant, who organised a raft with smoke floats which fooled the enemy bombers into targeting the float, thus allowing the destroyer to move quietly away from the targeted area.

He met, wooed and married a young Princess Elizabeth, and, once she assumed the Crown on the sad and untimely death of her beloved father George VI, undertook the role of Consort to his wife, now of course our Queen Elizabeth the 2nd. He promised to be her ‘‘liege-man of life and limb’, and has kept that promise for well over sixty years.

He has performed many thousands of engagements both with the Queen and solo, and his Duke of Edinburgh awards have been the backbone of a long life of service to the Nation. He has suffered bad health for some time, and is now in hospital to allow the medical people to determine what the problems are with his elderly body.

He is, as far as this commentator is concerned, a fantastic man, a good husband,  a brave man whose steadfast loyalty and love have singled him out as a good man; whose family have shown him and his wife that they are all too human, and his well-publicised ‘sense of humour’ is just a man stating his own mind without the cautions of diplomacy.



The other bed is occupied by Nelson Mandela, the former terrorist and ex-President of South Africa.


‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant’

By Mike Cunningham On May 20th, 2013 at 12:30 pm


For Sale….England’s History

By Mike Cunningham On May 12th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Some time back, I wrote a small essay based upon the rather fanciful story that the White Ensign, the flag under which generations of brave Royal Navy men sailed, fought and either triumphed or died; was being marketed.


I note that my own observations have come true!

A present from Alice

By Mike Cunningham On December 26th, 2011 at 10:44 am

As it is the only festival which counts, I thought that I would post two tracks from a Christmas present given me by my daughter, who besides being a dead clever and accomplished Engineer, also demonstrates that she knows her father better than most!

So sit back and listen to ‘Prelude (From The Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 In G Major) with Yoyo-Ma


as well as ‘La Musica Notturna delleStrade Di Madrid’


in memory of a time when we had a Navy and an Army which answered to politicians and civil servants who were, for the most part, honest and patriotic, and not a bunch of self-serving, double-dealing, lying, dishonest scumbags, as we most definitely have experienced in the past decade and a half!

And I never thought of thinking for myself at all…

By ATWadmin On June 18th, 2009 at 10:20 am

A short while back, I invested in a satellite televison receiving system, partly because of the awful shortage of decent shows on both sides of the commercial / BBC divide. I have been rewarded with access to even more truly ghastly efforts, but also many bright oases in the broadcasting desert. One such channel, devoted to documentary ‘how it was built’ story-lines, showed one item of particular interest to me, being both a former Merchant Navy officer, and indeed a lifetime of work in the Engineering sphere. The particular broadcast showed how a modern warship was designed, built and fitted out. The country was America, the ship was an ‘Aegis’ anti-aircraft and anti-submarine destroyer, the cost was immense, and the end product was both a wonder to see as she completed her sea trials, and a tribute to the excellence of American military equipment, the planners and facilitators and the American battle ethos, as stated by one of the Confederacy’s most successful Generals, Nathan Bedford Forrest of “Get there firstest with the mostest!”

The film took the viewer through the huge task of building a modern warship, from the technical details of how the framed sections were completed and merged together to the intricate tasks of cabling not only a fighting warship but also a floating home for the officers and crew. It was an impressive exhibition of military thinking, planning through the political phase of any major project, and yet another instance of the F.D.R. Presidential, as well as American ethic of ‘Walk softly, and carry a very big stick!’

Contrast that simple yet very complex item with it’s British equivalent, and you shall again see how badly we have been failed by both our so-called Civil Service, and their political masters for the past twelve years, this totally decrepit, theft-ridden, lying, power-mad Labour Government! Yes, we have some impressive ships in Portsmouth dockyard, and more are adding to that Fleet every month, but the truth is that these ships will never sail again! As Admiral Band stated bluntly in defence of his Service,

“The importance of the sea to the UK will never change and our freedom to use the seas will remain vital in protecting our national interests. Only a balanced maritime force, which contains both the ‘big stick’ of the carrier to deter conflict and escorts to support it, can protect that freedom”.


We have half the promised destroyers, and these await missiles not yet built. Our submarine numbers decrease at every slice of the Budget, the razors wielded by liars in Westminster who feather their own nests before equipping the nation. The aircraft carriers may well be built, but they might not have any aircraft to fly off their expensive decks!


Someone ought to make a film of that little scenario, but it would not be placed in the ‘Documentary’ series, it would be set in the ‘INFAMY’ catalogue!


By ATWadmin On January 29th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Just a short post in memory of Bill Stone, the last British Serviceman to have seen active service in  both the First and the Second World Wars. 

He served in HMS Tiger, HMS Hood, and completed five round trips in support of the Evacuation from Dunkirk. For sheer understatement, read his own words on the BBC People’s War pages. One ship he served on was a target for a U-Boat attack returning from Dunkirk, but the torpedo went straight underneath the ship, as the U-boat captain had overestimated the draught of the ship, and so fired it too deep.

Some of his compatriots from the 1939-45 conflict were known to me through my own service in the Merchant Navy, and almost without exception I found them very quiet on the subject of their own wartime memories. One of the few who talked about his experiences was a survivor of Japanese imprisonment after capture, and gave me some insight into the reasons for his bitterness towards his former captors.

Bill Stone was one of three survivors of the First World War still alive, and with his passing one less reminder of what was possibly the most futile conflict ever fought exists!

“Blow out, you bugles, over the rich dead

There’s none of these so lonely and poor of old

But, dying, has made us rarer gifts than gold

These laid the world away, poured out the red Sweet wine of youth,

gave up the years to be of work and joy, and that unhoped serene that men call age,

and those who would have been their sons they gave, their immortality”