The Navy Is Having Collisions at Sea. Here’s Why It’s Happening and What Should Be Done.

In the past two and a half months, the Navy has experienced the worst peacetime surface ship collisions in over 41 years.

Two recent collisions—first the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), then the USS John S. McCain (DDG 56)—took place with commercial vessels and claimed the lives of 17 U.S. sailors during routine “independent steaming” operations in the western Pacific Ocean.

These tragic incidents, coupled with the USS Antietam (CG 54) grounding and the USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) collision in the past eight months, have raised significant concerns about the state of the Navy’s surface fleet readiness and operational proficiency.

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  • Brett McS

    No, it’s chicks in the Navy. The first thing they do on active duty is get pregnant so they can go on leave … leaving the remaining crew to make up the shortfall.

    • Lovely.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Israel also has chicks in the navy, but I guess they are deployed differently. After all, you can operate drone missile boats, and now drone submarines, from a secure shore facility. Here is the graduation ceremony of a class of navy cadets, and the ladies are as mindboggling as in the other branches of the service.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScZfGqZOm4M

      • Brett McS

        I wonder if time off for maternal leave counts towards their mandatory service time? I’d guess not.

  • DMB

    A shipwreck is an excellent metaphor for the USS John McCain since Senator John McCain is a disaster of a politician.

  • simus1

    In simple terms, these are racehorses being trampled by plow horses on moderately busy city streets when they aren’t doing even stranger things like running aground all by themselves. As Beatty would say “There seems to be something wrong with our bloody racehorses today.
    Several wise generals have opined in different centuries:
    “There are no bad soldiers, only bad officers.”

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      Up-voted for excellence in metaphorical paraphrasing!

  • Exile1981

    How much time are the sailors wasting on training in things like diversity and other progressive agendas vs how much training are they receiving in basic skills?

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    • Norman_In_New_York

      Hey, navy! Got Milk?

      • mauser 98

        where every deck is the Poop Deck

        • NoBamaYoMama

          And the ship is loaded with seamen.

  • andycanuck

    And I haven’t read the piece yet but I’m guessing Affirmative Action hires at alot of different levels. Let’s see if I should go and buy some lottery tickets tomorrow then.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    When Churchill was first lord of the admiralty on the eve of the Great War, he set in motion reforms to modernize the fleet and command structure. This brought howls of complaint from old-line admirals that he was destroying centuries of navy tradition. Churchill tartly replied, “The oldest traditions of His Majesty’s navy are rum, sodomy and the lash.”