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Old 14th July 2019, 09:50
Engine Serang Engine Serang is offline  
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My experience of new merchant ships is that equipment is set to work during the last few weeks alongside followed by a day at sea to confirm speed etc. Minor problems are sorted out by the Superintendent, Master and Chief being Dashed a few bob for the crew to bring things up to scratch.

Naval ships invariably go through months of FATS, HATS and SATS, integration of electronic equipment being paramount. Minor problems should be put on a defect list to be attended to next time in port. Dash is not a RN tradition.

The carry-on with HMS QE leads one to believe that either there are major problems on board or that there are minor problems being amplified by disaffected persons for some strange reason. Hundreds of the ships company with smart phones doesn't help but one gets the impression that morale may not be high on that unit.
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