My reference was regarding my naval experience in the RAN. We would keep well clear of other ships when we were able to especially when exercising. There was never any risk of collision and so there’s no stand on vessels etc and no need to quote any rules. We just stayed away. Are you suggesting that we can’t alter course or speed whenever another ship appears on the horizon or just being pedantic?
Or you could consider the following:
(a). Nothing in these Rules shall exonerate any vessel, or the owner, master or crew thereof, from the consequences of any neglect to comply with these Rules or of the neglect of any precaution which may be required by the ordinary practice of seamen, or by the special circumstances of the case.
(b). In construing and complying with these Rules due regard shall be had to all dangers of navigation and collision and to any special circumstances, including the limitations of the vessels involved, which may make a departure from these Rules necessary to avoid immediate danger.
Not every warship is any sort of special circumstance but you understand warships do strange things and don’t just sail in straight lines, they fire guns, they drop bombs, they play with submarines, they fly aircraft, replenish at sea, just play ship handling for the junior officers for hours on end, flash lights, manoeuver for the heck of it, stop and have a swim or just go fishing … who knows what? You also understand groups of warships might be connected in formations. They are almost never not involved in training.
You understand these things, but you expect we’ll just stand on when we could have stayed right away? Silly?
Nope, but you and everyone here (and everywhere) knows what it means because it’s in common usage.
Here lies the body of William Bray
He was killed maintaining his right of way,
He was right, dead right, as the day is long,
But he’s just as dead as if he’d been wrong.
Perhaps there was a special circumstance.