If I were to meet Seaman William McNeilly today I would look him in the eye and tell him how brave I thought he was. He has given up is career that he loved, the opportunity to support his country and the Royal Navy.
He has swallowed his own pride and opened up on the Hazards, Safety Issues and security.
None of the issues surprise me at all.
I worked in Defence for years, including Support for the Royal Navy Sonar systems. Giving Technical Support to the Royal Navy.
I can sympathise with those issues even though I left Naval services 6-7 years ago I remember how difficult it was becoming for the Submarine Weapon Systems officers who were being forced to take on more and more technical responsibility. Each officer can only take on so much, – and still cope 100% as they are expected to.
The Royal Navy like the rest of the UK armed forces have been pushed to limit, cut back after cut back. Many people who previously understood or had responsibly for the issues Seaman William McNeilly has raised may well have left, made redundant, leaving behind over stretched men who have suddenly been forced into a steep learning curve for their additional responsibilities.
The Royal Navy offers a is a great career. submariners are not only put under a lot of stress to perform 100% because of their duties, but often because the safety of all the crew and the submarine is a stake. So people should listen with a sympathic ear to McNeilly.
Seaman William McNeilly may well have spoken out, or found himself listening with dread to his superiors talk about every thing he has highlighted. While they have chosen to try and ‘cope’ with the situation instead of risking their careers, chances of promotion, or to honest – their families and their welfare the income provides.
There have been too many cuts backs to be able to provide the response day-to-day to many issues, so they get left to people like William McNeilly to worry about.
It is not his fault – it is the government’s.
I feel for all Whistleblowers. I have spent 5 years fighting Hypocrisy and blind stupidity in BAe and the MoD whilst working on Typhoon.
The worst is yet to hit William McNeilly. No income. Stress. Bias towards/from MoD in the courts and useless Whistleblowing laws.
Eventually you come out of it with nothing. I face loosing my house and live by scrounging and scrimping. It is a horrible way to live, but I would not change one thing that I’ve done. I will continue to take pride in what I did. But I still feel the pain. So I know what McNeilly is going through. We should support him.
Most importantly we should support the Royal Navy to get these issues fixed.
We will either have an “I told you so” disaster with lives ruined or taken by accidents or dangers we should have fixed; or we can listen and give the messengers a clap on the back.
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