According to Rick Jolly's book Jackspeak, this is a British Royal Navy slang term. More likely it is merely a standard phrase that due to overuse became on object of parody.

The term is the standard phrase used when something gets bent (q.v.), implying a lack of blame on the speaker's part. Compare (from The Jargon File) geekspeak I didn't change anything!

Note: Chief here means Chief Petty Officer.

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