It has happened twice before 1885 and 1887 and who knows, the way the navy is shrinking [materiel and mixed-gender personnel] a third time lucky might be scored by the MOD [Navy] in the vain hope of manning all their vessels and essential jobs on terra firma. In addition to these crises mass mandatory conscription was ordered for both World Wars!

If there is a dire shortage of R.N.,sailors, might we see more soldiers, sailors and airmen/women manning the pumps a la HMS Queen Elizabeth inter alia?;


more and more foreigners from NATO countries helping to run our ships, whilst their own countries refuse to meet the NATO subscription of 2% GDP!?

Have a look at this newspaper cutting from The Times dated 12th January 1887 - it could happen again and to you!