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(Image courtesy The Independent)

(Image courtesy The Independent)

Russian submariners are so gay:

A Swedish peace group has lowered an innovative broadcasting device into the Baltic Sea, which is intended to work as a peaceful way of stopping the increasing number of suspected Russian submarine incursions into Swedish seas.

The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS) has created the ‘The Singing Sailor Underwater Defence System’ – a small waterproof box with a neon sign of a gyrating topless sailor wearing a pair of skimpy briefs, which transmits the words “this way if you are gay” in morse code through the water.

Below the sailor are neon letters which read “Welcome to Sweden – gay since 1944”. 1944 was the year that homosexuality was legalised in Sweden.

To paraphrase Churchill, Russian naval tradition is nothing but vodka, sodomy, and the lash.

Slightly more seriously, I doubt SPAS’s underwater hijinks will alter any Russian deployments, but I salute their cheeky good fun.