LOVERS IN UNIFORM A Navy Love Story
The younger lady naval officer, a Lieutenant, parks her scooter and begins strolling to her workplace in the navy shore establishment, a stone frigate.
The moment she enters her office, she sees her boss, the pinnacle of the Schooling Department, a center-aged Commander with a salt and pepper beard.
Like her, he too is a “schoolie” landlubber in white uniform, though he is 15 years her senior and the senior-most Schooling Officer on the base.
The Commander (Ed) says anxiously: “Put on your peak cap and include me fast. The Outdated Man desires to see you instantly.”
The “Old Man” – their Commanding Officer, a Commodore, seems to be at them sternly.
They see that the Commodore is furious – he doesn’t return their salute.
Additionally, he does not ask them to take a seat down.
The Commodore gets straight to the point.
He seems to be at the young lady naval officer and asks her, “Where the hell have been you final evening ”
“Sir…Sir…” she stutters.
“Come on, converse up – I haven’t received all day,” the Commodore shouts.
“Sir, I had gone for a film,” she says.
“I know – at Eros – I was sitting proper behind you,” the Commodore says.
“Sorry Sir – I did not see you – otherwise I might have absolutely wished you,” she says.
“Don’t give me bullshit – I care two hoots whether or not you would like me or not. I wish to know who was that man sitting proper next to you – the bugger with whom you were indulging in a disgusting public show of affection – they name it PDA – don’t they ” the Commodore says.
“Yes, Sir – they call it PDA – public display of affection,” the Commander (Ed) says.
“You shut up. Did I ask you ” the Commodore scowls on the Schoolie Commander, who begins trembling inside.
The Commodore seems to be at the younger lady Lieutenant and barks out loudly, “Speak up, will you Who the hell was that man with whom you have been shamelessly making out with And that too in public Bloody PDA or no matter they call it!”
“Sir, he’s a buddy,” the woman naval officer says.
“Friend My bloody foot! The bugger is a sailor,” the Commodore shouts.
“Sir, he is a Chief Period …”
“I know he’s a bloody Period. He was on the final ship I commanded.”
“Sir, he’s Chief Petty Officer,” the lady navy officer says.
“So Does that make him a bloody officer Now you listen to me clearly – I won’t have my officers shacking up with sailors…” the Commodore bellows.
The Commodore turns purple as he shouts – he appears livid with anger.
The Commander (Ed) is perturbed on the Commodore’s profane language, so he says: “Sir, I will counsel her…”
“I advised you to shut your bloody lure, didn’t I ” the Commodore barks on the Commander (Ed).
Then the Commodore seems at the younger lady navy officer and asks her, “How have you learnt this man ”
“Sir, we’re childhood associates,” she says.
“You are childhood pals with a sailor How is that attainable ”
“Sir, we have been neighbours, we went to the same school – he was my elder brother’s classmate. And our fathers were good associates – they had been from the identical hometown. Sir, our fathers were within the navy,” she says.
“Your fathers were officers in the navy ”
“No Sir – our fathers had been sailors – they retired as Master Chief Petty Officers,” the woman navy officer says.
“Oh. So that you turned a naval officer and your bloody boyfriend joined as an Era,” the Commodore says.
“Why the hell didn’t your boyfriend be part of as an officer ”
“Sir, he tried for the NDA after faculty but couldn’t clear the exam – however he was chosen as an artificer apprentice. His father was retiring that year and he informed him to hitch as an apprentice – his father was in a hurry for him to hitch and settle down in life.”
“And you did your graduation and joined the navy as a bloody schoolie ”
“Yes, Sir,” the lady naval officer says.
“Anyway, name it fate, call it luck – but remember one factor – you’re an officer and you cannot fraternize with sailors. Is that clear ” the Commodore says.
“Sir, he plans to quit the navy and be part of the service provider navy as a marine engineer officer.”
“And when the hell is that going to happen ”
“After 5 years, Sir, the moment he finishes his 15 year contract,” the lady naval officer says.
“That’s a great distance off. Now you listen to me carefully – so long as you’re a naval officer and he is a sailor in the navy, you aren’t to meet him or maintain contact with him in any means – you’re not to have any form of relationship or friendship with him – is that clear ” the Commodore says firmly.
“Sir, please sir – he is more than a buddy – we’re thinking of getting married,” the lady naval officer says.
“You wish to get married to a sailor Are you bloody crazy I hope he is just not screwing you – that’s the final bloody thing we wish – officers and sailors fornicating with each other!” the Commodore yells.
“Sir, please don’t use such foul language…” the lady officer says.
“Oh! So you don’t like foul language. Okay, young lady – I will speak to you in plain and simple language that you could perceive. Now hear rigorously – should you don’t do as I say – in the event you meet that sailor once more – you can be in deep hassle – we will throw the e book at you,” the Commodore says menacingly.
“Throw the e-book at me, Sir ” the lady naval officer asks.
“The Navy Act – I recommend you buy a duplicate – it’s obtainable at any bookstore which sells legislation books. After all, there may be a replica in our library too. And be sure you read Chapter VIII – Articles of Battle.”
“Articles of Struggle Sir, however there is no struggle happening.”
“The Articles of Battle are a set of regulations – the statutory provisions within the Navy Act that regulate and govern the conduct and behaviour of officers and sailors of the navy – and since you’re in the navy, they apply to you too – and so they very a lot apply to that top-and-mighty Chief Petty Officer – that bloody boyfriend of yours. We’ll see to it that both of you’re punished severely,” the Commodore says menacingly.
“Sir, however what have we executed mistaken And what is his fault I don’t want you to hurt him in any means,” the lady officer pleads.
“I advised you, didn’t I You each are guilty of fraternization – so we will charge you each – and each of you are likely to face courtroom-martial,” the Commodore warns the lady officer.
“Court-martial Sir, please. You are talking as if we’ve broken the regulation, as if we’ve committed some grave offence,” the lady officer says, trembling with trepidation.
“Of course, you’ve committed an offence,” the Commodore says matter-of-factly.
“Offence What offence have we dedicated, Sir We’re simply seeing each other. With what offence are you able to cost us ” the lady naval officer asks.
“We can always charge you with the “catch-all offence” – you will be charged with conduct prejudicial to good order and naval self-discipline – both of you – under Part 74 of the Navy Act.”
“Sir. Please tell me. How is our conduct prejudicial to good order and naval discipline You wish to charge us with breaking discipline simply because we went out collectively on a date ”
“Yes. You are an officer and he’s a sailor – you should respect the distinction in your ranks. You’re breaking self-discipline by fraternizing with a sailor and not respecting the distinction in rank. An officer engaging in an unduly familiar relationship with a sailor is prejudicial to good order and naval discipline and is unacceptable behaviour. It’s simply not accomplished. It is gross indiscipline. Do you understand ”
“Sir, it is our personal life. We see each other when we’re off-duty – and we meet outside in civilian areas. So how are we breaking self-discipline ”
“There is no personal life once you be part of the navy. You higher fall in line and behave otherwise you both shall be charged and punished – and for you there’s yet one more factor.”
“What, Sir ”
“Since you might be an officer, you may be additionally charged with scandalous conduct unbecoming the character of an officer.”
“Scandalous Conduct unbecoming the character of an officer ”
“Yes, conduct unbecoming of an officer. That’s part 54 (2) – go and check it up. I instructed you we’ll throw the guide at you in the event you don’t behave yourself,” the Commodore says trying the Lady Lieutenant in the eye.
Then the Commodore appears on the Schoolie Commander and says, “As for you, should you don’t cease her from persevering with this nonsense, we are going to cost you with abetment of all the offences she is committing – and you may say goodbye to your profession.”
“Abetment ” the flabbergasted Schoolie Commander asks.
“Go and browse Part 76 – I assure you that if this hanky-panky does not cease immediately – all of you’ll be in big trouble – especially you, younger lady,” the Commodore says, turning to the young girl naval officer and repeating his final phrases, “yes, particularly you, Lieutenant – you may be in actual deep trouble – they might even throw you out of the navy with disgrace.”
Whereas the Commodore commanding the stone frigate is reading the riot act to the young girl naval officer, the Captain of the frigate (the ship on which the young woman’s lover, the Chief Petty Officer, is borne) is performing with dispatch.
Yes, the Captain of the ship is taking swift motion on the Lady Lieutenant’s boyfriend, her lover boy sailor.
Before he realizes what is going on, the hapless sailor is immediately transferred to a ship headed east, to be dropped off to his new obligation station on a distant desolate island in the course of the sea.
Subsequent morning the younger lady naval officer is on her solution to take up her new appointment as the Training Officer of a small naval base in a remote place in the back of past.
Hopefully, distance will stone island navy holdall make their ardour cool off.
In true naval style, a clumsy drawback has been neatly solved.
The “lovers in uniform” have been separated.
A messy court martial has been avoided.
And navy customs and traditions have been upheld.
As she sits within the speeding prepare heading towards her new vacation spot, the heartbroken young girl naval officer remembers the consoling phrases of her ex-boss, the Schoolie Commander, who had come to see her off at the railway station: “The Navy is a System and you must never combat in opposition to the system – as a result of the system always wins! If you happen to share this put up, please give due credit score to the creator Vikram Karve
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