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A Delightful Story from My Wonderful Navy Days – FLEET NIGHT

March 26, 2017

Humor in Uniform 

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This afternoon we had a get-together of Navy Veterans in Pune organised by the Navy Foundation Pune Charter every quarter.

At the meet – I met a shipmate – and – we remembered this delightful story from our wonderful Navy days…

FLEET NIGHT – Navy Ship Awards Function

A Memoir By Vikram Karve

This happened long back – around 30 years ago – in the 1980’s.

It was “Fleet Night” – the Annual Fleet Awards Function.

The Chief Guest for the function was the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) – who had come down from Naval Headquarters New Delhi to grace the occasion.

The C-in-C – the Fleet Commander – and – the local “Top Brass” – all were present with their families.

Officers and Sailors of various Ships of the Fleet were seated with their families in the grand auditorium.

First – there was a most enjoyable entertainment programme performed by officers and sailors of the fleet and their families.

This was followed by a prize distribution ceremony to present the Fleet Awards.

Various Trophies were being awarded to ships.

Our ship was a frontline warship which had performed exceedingly well in all aspects throughout the previous year.

We were sure that our ship deserved to win most of the Trophies.

Many thought that – maybe – our ship would win all the Trophies.

In fact – even officers from other ships acknowledged that our ship deserved most of the Trophies due to our superb consistent demonstrated performance.

The prize distribution ceremony started.

The winners of the various Trophies were announced by the Fleet Commander – one by one – and – the respective Captains went up to receive the Trophies from the Navy Chief (CNS) who was the Chief Guest.

As the prize distribution progressed – we were disappointed that our ship had not been awarded even one single trophy so far.

It seemed that our ship was being totally ignored.

The blatant bias was evident to all.

Our XO remarked that maybe this prejudice against our ship was because the Fleet Commander did not like our Captain.

We really did not know the actual reason for Fleet Commander’s dislike of our Captain.

But – someone said that this aversion was because our Captain was a “CW Officer” – who had been promoted from the “Lower Deck” under the “Upper Yardman Scheme”.

During his Sailor Days – our Captain had been selected as a CW (Commission Worthy) Candidate.

Then – he been promoted from the ranks of sailors – to the rank of Acting Sub Lieutenant (he was a “Mustang” in US Navy parlance)

Our Captain was an officer who started his career as a sailor and then had come up the hard way – unlike most of his “elitist” counterparts who had joined the prestigious National Defence Academy (NDA) and had been commissioned as Naval Officers after training as Cadets and Midshipmen.

It seemed that the ex-NDA Fleet Commander had a dislike for CW Officers in general – but – he had a particular dislike towards our Captain.

In fact – many officers felt that the ex-NDA Fleet Commander was also biased against Direct Entry Officers who had graduated from the Naval Academy – and – he seemed to openly favour ex-NDA Officers.

It all seemed very unfair to us.

It was clear that our ship was being discriminated against – because of personal likes and dislikes.

As the award ceremony progressed towards its conclusion – we were reconciled to returning back to our ship empty handed – without even one single trophy.

Suddenly – we were surprised to hear our ship’s name being announced for a Trophy.

The Trophy was for “Maximum Days at Sea”.

“Days at Sea” was a recorded fact – and – this could not be manipulated.

And – it was an undisputed fact that our ship had indeed spent the maximum days at sea as compared to other ships of the fleet

Our Captain went up to receive the Trophy.

While presenting the “Maximum Days at Sea Trophy” to our Captain – the witty Navy Chief (CNS) remarked to the Fleet Commander:

“Well – you denied him all the trophies – but – you couldn’t deny him this trophy – could you…?”


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This is a revised re-post of my “Humor in Uniform” Story PARTING SHOT posted online by me 3 years ago on June 20, 2014 in my blog at urls: and reposted duly revised at url:

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