Let me guess, you were just following orders?
The Royal Canadian Navy is apparently terrorizing the seven seas. When our proud men and women in uniform aren’t keeping the peace, some of them reportedly like to steal city buses in the middle of the night and drive rented scooters straight into the harbour.
Standing on guard for thee indeed.
But if that doesn’t make you seasick, our navy embarrassed Canada on the world stage after HMCS Whitehorse withdrew from a military exercise in the Pacific Ocean because of three separate incidents of misconduct – three! That’s the first time that’s ever happened in our history. But what were those incidents, you ask? A seaman was arrested for shoplifting in San Diego, a senior officer spent the night in a drunk tank while AWOL, and someone else is being investigated for a “sexual incident”.
Oh, and we’re not done.
In Bermuda, the locals are so fed up with our naval shenanigans, that they’ve put up signs in front of saloons that read “No dogs or Canadian sailors”. There are also reports of officers urinating in the cabins of other officers. Back in 2012, the Royal Canadian Navy had to investigate more than a dozen incidents involving drunken sailors in Florida. The CBC reported that the government agency was looking into “allegations of drunkenness, falling down in the streets, slumping over in bars, drunk driving on scooters and public mischief”.
So basically, you could call those guys pirates at this point. Here’s a live shot of one of them now:
Until the morning after, that is, when he tends to look more like this:
Not surprisingly, the availability of booze onboard naval vessels is being blamed for most of the mischief. A report on sailor misconduct is expected to be ready in the fall.
But it’s just going to say what we all already know: Booze and sailors never mix.