Hardly modelmaking, but I'm interested in real ships as well. I was watching a TV programme in the early hours of this morning about life on board a warship, the Type 23 Frigate HMS Northumberland. She was shadowing a Russian submarine up above the Arctic Circle when she ran into heavy weather. She had to halve speed to 6 knots, was taking on prodigious amounts of water into some of the cabins, which was being bailed out with buckets. When the weather eased they inspected the one and only gun. The weather had damaged the rubber sleeve around the barrel and the gun was rendered unusable. Glad she didn't have to go into action. Is this what today's navy is really like? However, evidently, in the next programme, her trailed sonar equipment is hit by said Russian.