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DADDY WARBUCKS
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Not sure what to make of this naval story....


'Bullying' commander ordered off his warship
By Becky Barrow
(Filed: 14/12/2004)

A Royal Navy commander has been ordered off his warship in a highly unusual move following allegations of bullying and intimidation.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed last night that Commander David Axon was told to leave his ship, Somerset, at Gibraltar and return immediately to Britain rather than complete the journey back from Iraq aboard the ship.

The spokesman said Cmdr Axon had been told to leave the ship as a result of "an equal opportunities investigation following a complaint from a junior officer". He said: "At this point, no decision on the commanding officer's future has been taken.

"He has been invited to comment on the findings so far. It is not, however, considered appropriate that he remain on the ship at present and he has delegated temporary command to his executive officer, who will bring the ship back to the UK."

The situation aboard the Somerset, which is expected back in this country in the next few days, was considered so serious that it was decided to bring Cmdr Axon back to Britain immediately.

A spokesman for the Royal Navy said the commander was removed from his ship on Friday as a result of his "overtly firm management style". A source said Cmdr Axon had "crossed the line".

It is understood that he was known for his strict management style on board Somerset, which has a 185-strong company.

Born in Leicester, Cmdr Axon, who is in his 40s, was raised and educated in Zimbabwe and South Africa. He joined the Navy nearly 20 years ago in 1986, a career which has included a "hugely enjoyable" 14 months as the Royal Barge Officer on the Royal Yacht Britannia.

He was appointed commander of Somerset in December 2003.

According to the Royal Navy website, Cmdr Axon lives in Southsea, Hampshire, with his partner, Gail, a naval barrister, and his hobbies are now "confined to decorating (when allowed and under close supervision) and extensive dog walking".

The Ministry of Defence insisted last night that it takes "all such matters very seriously" and promised to act "swiftly".

He confirmed that an equal opportunities investigation has been instigated following a complaint from a junior officer.

During a varied career, Cmdr Axon has conducted anti-drug smuggling operations in the Caribbean as well as several stints in Iraq. He has a Masters degree in Defence Studies from King's College, London.

Somerset, a Type 23, 4,900-ton frigate, is returning to Britain after being deployed in the North Arabian Gulf.
 

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I don't know what to make of this either:

"According to the Royal Navy website, Cmdr Axon lives in Southsea, Hampshire, with his partner, Gail, a naval barrister, and his hobbies are now "confined to decorating (when allowed and under close supervision) and extensive dog walking"."

Is he also "Royally Gay"?....they are know to have bad temper, you know.
 

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Well, decorating and dog walking ain't all that bad.:D :D
 

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I guess the British Admiralty has decided that having "Captain Blighs" tends to cost them an awful lot of money in terms of men and equipment, and its much better to simply releive them of their command and let Mr Christian take the helm and then investigate it all later in port rather than let it go until it gets to the level of the HMS Bounty-Pitcairn Island incident.

Although after further review, reading between the lines, The commander was raised in Rhodesia and South Africa, and the complaint involves an "Equal Opportunity" issue.

Ill give you three guesses as to the skin colour of the complaintant.
 
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