'Lore of the Sea'
Methinks, 'tis better to be a limey stuck on the briney, than to be a dozey yank on a destroyer menacing all in its path: http://www.oldsaltblog.com/?s=us+navy+collisions
We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us — Will the Navy Learn From Tragic Collisions?
Posted on August 29, 2017 by Rick Spilman
Two high tech guided missile destroyers charged with protecting the fleet from incoming missiles somehow failed to avoid collision with two slow-speed commercial vessels. Tragically, seventeen sailors died in the collisions. Some immediately blamed cyber-hacking, although a Navy investigation has turned up zero evidence to support the claim. Now, the focus is on more prosaic and avoidable causes — inadequate training, sleep deprivation, and poor ship management.
The Navy Times put it simply —
“Maybe today’s Navy is just not very good at driving ships.”
They write: “The problem is years in the making. Now, the current generation of officers rising into command-level billets lacks the skills, training, education, and experience needed to operate effectively and safely at sea, according to current and former officers interviewed by Navy Times.” ..
US Navy Turns on AIS — Useful Tool, Band-aid, or Both?
Posted on September 22, 2017 by Rick Spilman
Following the recent collisions between US Navy destroyers and merchant ships, various internet sites posted the AIS tracks of the collisions. Well, they posted half the AIS tracks anyway. The merchant ships used AIS while the Navy did not...
Does US Navy Can-Do, Never-Say-No Culture Promote Accidents?
Posted on November 13, 2017 by Rick Spilman
The US Navy has rightfully been undertaking a considerable review and revaluation of the problems that led to the recent ship collisions between the USS Fitzgerald and the USS John S. McCain with commercial vessels, resulting in the deaths of 17 sailors. …
Destroyer USS John S. McCain Collides with Tanker — 10 Missing, 5 Injured
Posted on August 21, 2017 by Rick Spilman
In the second major collision between a US Navy destroyer and a merchant ship in the last three months, the USS John S. McCain was damaged in a collision with a tanker near Singapore. Five sailors were injured and 10 are missing. …
The USS Fitzgerald Is At Fault. This Is Why — Commentary by gCaptain’s John Konrad
Posted on June 20, 2017 by Rick Spilman
gCaptain’s Captain John Konrad has a excellent post today that describes in detail why he believes that the destroyerUSS Fitzgerald was at fault in its recent collision with the container ship ACX Crystal. He suggests a simple rule for avoiding collisions with Navy warships is missing: “If it’s grey stay away.”
Konrad details the likely communications failures on the Fitzgerald, which are endemic on most Navy ships. He also describes the difference in training and focus of the merchant versus the naval captain, as well as the resources available to and responsibilities of each. And, no, he does not argue that the USS Fitzgerald was solely at fault. As he points out, “Under COLREGS, whenever two ships touch each other, both ships are to blame.”
The USS Fitzgerald Is At Fault. This Is Why ...