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Wednesday, 12 December 2007

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Details have been released regarding Britain's next generation of fighting Ships.

The Royal Navy is proud of the cutting edge capability of the Fleet Of Type 45 destroyers. Costing £750 million, they have been designed to meet the needs of the 21st century.

In addition to state of the art technology, weapons, and guidance systems, the ships will comply with the very latest employment, equality, health and safety and human rights legislation.

They will be able to remain at sea for several months, and positively bristle with facilities. For instance, the new user friendly crow's nest comes equipped with wheelchair access. Live ammunition has been replaced with paintballs, to reduce the risk of anyone getting hurt and to cut down on the number of compensation claims. Stress councillors and lawyers will be on duty 24 hours a day, and each ship will have its own onboard industrial tribunal.

The crew will be 50/50 men and women, and balanced in accordance with the latest home office directives on race, gender, sexuality, and disability. Sailors will only have to work a maximum of 37 hours per week in line with Brussels Health and Safety rules, even in wartime.

All bunks will be double occupancy, and the destroyers will all come equipped with a maternity ward and crèche, situated on the same deck as the Gay Disco.

Tobacco will be banned throughout the ship, but cannabis will be allowed in the mess.

The Royal Navy is anxious to shed its traditional reputation for "Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash". Out goes the Rum ration, which is to be replaced by Perrier water, although sodomy remains and has been extended to include all ratings under 18. The lash will still be available, but only by request. Condoms can be obtained from the sick bay in a variety of flavours, except Capstan Full Strength.

Saluting officers has been abolished because it is elitist. It is to be replaced by the more informal "Hello Sailor". All notices on boards will be printed in 37 different languages, and Braille.

Crew members will no longer be required to ask permission to grow beards or moustaches, even the women.

The MOD is working on a new "Non specific" flag based on the controversial British Airways "Ethnic" tailfin design, because the White Ensign is considered to be offensive to minorities.

Sea Trials are expected to take place soon. When the first of the new destroyers, HMS Cautious, sets out on her maiden mission, escorting boat loads of illegal immigrants across the channel to ports on the South Coast.

The ship is due to be launched soon in a ceremony conducted by Captain Hook, from the Finsbury Park Mosque, who will break a petrol bomb over the hull. The ship will slide gently into the water, to the tune of "In the Navy" by the Village People, played by the band of the Royal Marines.

Mr Seymour Frigitts, a Navy spokesperson from Portsmouth, said, "While the ship reflected the very latest of modern thinking, they were also capable of being up-graded to comply with any new legislation."

He added,

"Britain never, never waives the rules!"

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