Closing Thought–09Nov17

Remember awhile back there were 2 incidents where US Navy ships had collided with others merchant ships in the Far East?  Remember that far back?  It also caused the deaths of sailors as well.

It seems that the Navy has concluded its investigations and the results are in…….

The Navy announced Wednesday that two collisions that killed 17 sailors over the summer were partly caused by “multiple failures” by service members in charge of making sure their ships didn’t hit anything, the Washington Post reports. On June 17, the USS Fitzgerald hit a container ship off the coast of Japan. The Navy says the collision happened because, among other reasons, the crew didn’t take the required maneuvering actions until far too late, didn’t contact the container ship, and didn’t alert their own captain.

Meanwhile, the Aug. 21 collision of the USS John S. McCain with an oil tanker near Singapore was caused by a complete loss of “situational awareness”: A sailor in charge of steering didn’t realize he was; another sailor only reduced speed on one side of the ship without realizing it; and the captain couldn’t figure out what was going on or why the ship was turning toward the tanker. “We are a Navy that learns from mistakes,” Adm. John Richardson said in a statement Wednesday.

We will see if these investigations and findings will change anything…..human error is always a possibility no matter the situation.

Time for me to shut the tap off and relax awhile….I shall return with more stuff….chuq

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4 thoughts on “Closing Thought–09Nov17

  1. Mistakes happen. Remember WMDs? That’s why we need to invest more in defense so our guys won’t be making so many mistakes that cost so many lives, wouldn’t you say?

  2. I always find such collisions incredible when they involve warships. Surely some device must warn them of other vessels, when they are still a long way off? Just as well they were not enemy vessels, allowed to sail close enough to collide. It beggars belief.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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