Navy Quote of the Day:
“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”.
HMS SHEFFIELD (D80) was struck on May 4, 1982 during an Argentine air attack and as her crew were waiting to be rescued, Sub Lieutenant Carrington-Wood led the crew in singing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
HMS COVENTRY (D118) was badly damaged and sunk in a Argentine bomber attack during the Falklands War on May 25, 1982.
While waiting in the water to be rescued and watching their ship fall to the depths, the crew started singing ironic song to cheer themselves up.
A decade later, in 1991 During the Gulf War, the tradition still didn’t die out. British Tornado bombers flew on some of the most dangerous low-level missions against Iraqi troops. During this bombing runs they were facing strong anti-aircraft fire. As their brothers in arms from Royal Navy, pilots flying on these missions used to sing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”.
Compiled by Thomas Joseph Simpson