Navy Provides Safe Haven for Army

An Army AH-64D Apache helicopter takes off from afloat forward staging base Ponce during an exercise as the guided-missile destroyer Benfold transits nearby. Ponce, formerly designated as an amphibious transport dock ship, was converted and reclassified to fulfill a long-standing U.S. Central Command request for an AFSB to be located in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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  1. Once had two specialist Army “comm’s tech’s” aboard ship for a week of sea trials. On their first evening at sea they came to the Chief’s dining hall dressed in civvie clothes.

    The Master At Arms almost choked to death on his ‘figgy duff’ (spotted dick pudding). I stepped in and wheeled them away PDQ and educated them on ‘ship routine & etiquette’. When they re-appeared in the correct rig of the day there was an almighty cheer, which they took in good spirit.

    Poor ‘Percy Pongo’ (Army) was clueless to the traditions of life on one of Her Majesty’s ‘grey funnel liners’. It turned out that they had missed their brief as to the do’s and don’ts of life at sea.

    One of them was so impressed with the workings of the RN that he later ‘crossed decked’ services for a life on the ocean wave.

    The Senior Service.

    Yours Aye.

    1. Cross decked to the RN… (The RM do not accept such transfers, unless they are prepared to undergo 9 months basic training).

      Standards dear chap, they have to be observed…

      1. Just to let you know, there are standards somewhere in the world….and thank God…there will always be an England….k

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