22 October 2010

You couldn't make it up

HMS Astute, the Royal Navy's latest nuclear attack sub, has run aground off the Isle of Skye. The Bitchy Boys gloatingly quote from an interview with her commander last month:
We have a brand new method of controlling the submarine, which is by platform management system, rather than the old conventional way of doing everything of using your hands.This is all fly-by-wire technology including only an auto pilot rather than a steering column.
Just to rub it in a bit more, as they do whenever the armed forces depart from their principal peacetime function of providing rough trade:
HMS Trafalgar sustained millions of pounds worth of damage when it ran aground off Skye in 2002. Two senior commanders were reprimanded after admitting that their negligence caused the incident.