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Dickie’s 1st Blog - Journalists Easy Life!!

Journalists? Easy life. Swanning off around the world, luxing it up on expenses, topping up on your tan.

Yes, as one of Navy News’ reporting team, I do get around a bit. The Gulf. The Gulf. The Gulf. Faslane. Plymouth. The Gulf again.  A chance not to ‘do the Gulf’ was, unsurprisingly, seized with both hands, not least because I’ve never done a Med deployment. So thank you to the good ship Somerset for the invite.In five days aboard the frigate I learned more about NATO deployments than I had in a decade of writing about them from behind a desk in Portsmouth.

 

We could, of course, produce a newspaper based entirely on submissions from our ships and units scattered across the globe. But it wouldn’t be as good. Journalists put more oomph into a story they’re personally involved in. And we spot quirky things which a ship’s company might not think twice about. They can lift what could be a rather worthy but dry article about working with Allies into a much more human piece. You see Navy News isn’t Jane’s. We like the fact that Gun X can blow up a target 30 miles away, or that Missile Y can destroy an incoming aircraft travelling at Mach 2. But the technical nitty gritty baffles us. We leave that to the experts. No, we like the human side of things. The sailor behind the gun, the chap (or chapess) pressing the button in the ops room. Without them, that gun or missile is utterly redundant.

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