Aut cum scuto aut in scuto
They had good admirals and bad admirals...https://youtu.be/iZ-gfalEWI0
https://youtu.be/rB5Nbp_gmgQ - There was a moment of greatness, but it's long passed now. You could say the same for the American manned space program. Sic transit gloria mundi.
Sic transit indeed. The Brits enjoyed their time of gloria mundi longer than we did.