Splice the mainbrace!

RUM DEAL  Commanding Officer, Commodore Mark Slawson ADC RN and one of the youngest initial trainees, AET2 R McHale at HMS Sultan
RUM DEAL Commanding Officer, Commodore Mark Slawson ADC RN and one of the youngest initial trainees, AET2 R McHale at HMS Sultan
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SAILORS at HMS Sultan knocked back a large tot of rum after the Queen gave the order to ‘splice the mainbrace’ in thanks for the Royal Navy’s role during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The centuries-old tradition can only be ordered by the monarch or a member of the Admiralty Board, granting the issue of a tot of 62.5ml of rum to all serving sailors.

Her Majesty recognised the navy’s contribution to events in her Diamond Jubilee year and thanked sailors for their continued work at home and on operations around the world.

The Gosport shore establishment dutifully carried out her order, with the first tot being knocked back by the Sultan’s commanding officer, Commodore Mark Slawson.