In Da Newz - “Canadian Navy Ship Sent Home Over Sailor Misconduct”
10 years ago I was on an MCDV (maritime coastal defence vessel) doing exercises with the Yanks off the So-Cal coast. On the weekend, we spent a good part of it visiting stores, museums, the local zoo and SeaWorld (back when people thought it was all innocent, before “Blackfish”).
Going to the local titty-bars and getting lost in Tijuana was probably the high end of misconduct in this deployment. The drinks helped.
There must be more to the stories of misconduct than what the Admiral is saying. The ship’s main discipline is the domain of the executive officer and the coxswain. If discipline and morale were to break down, the onus would fall on these two people. So the issue would be that this ship’s operational ability had been compromised by the lack of discipline.
2 disclosures: a) The Whitehorse and her sister MCDVs are manned mostly by reservists. This fact doesn’t detract from the fact that the crews are amongst the most professional and hardy people to have around; b) There had been, has been and always will be misconduct going around for years. So why decide to act on something that should have been acted upon years ago? Just wondering, eh?