Navy – Driver’s Ed.

Good grief.

Apparently the whole Navy is too busy getting busy on the bridge to pay attention to anything.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/08/20/uss-john-s-mccain-collides-with-merchant-ship-in-pacific.html

It isn’t like cargo ships suddenly have cloaking devices.

I blame nonsense like this:

Every clown in that video should’ve been keelhauled sideways for a month. Instead they probably all ended up in Surface Warfare Officer School and made watch standers on our Destroyers in 7th fleet.

Shakin My Damn Aviator Head at this foolishness.

edited for linking –mlh
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24 Responses to Navy – Driver’s Ed.

  1. ctlaw says:

    Perhaps they were filming a music video when the collision occurred.

  2. DevereauxDevereaux says:

    ?So what is happening. It’s a big ocean out there; how come the Navy seems to keep hitting other vessels. Per the article you quoted, Brent, this is the 4th episode. We know of the Fitz, but apparently a cruiser ran aground somewhere in Tokyo Bay and another cruiser hit a fishing vessel. There are a lot more airplanes up in the sky and they don’t seem to be running into each other all over the place.

  3. 10 Cents10 Cents says:

    The sad part is people mess up and others die or are injured.

  4. ctlaw says:

    It’s a good year to be an owner of a heavy lift ship.

  5. 10 Cents10 Cents says:

    It is hard to see chemical tankers while wearing Eclipse Glasses. How do expect sailors to see the ship coming while they are looking at the sun? Get real folks!!!

    It is said that the tanker snuck up on them nice and slow.

    They Navy has decided to change these type of ships from Destroyer to Destroyee.

  6. ctlaw says:

    We’ve had a collision with a cargo ship and a tanker. What’s next, a floating drydock? The Queen Mary?

    • 10 Cents10 Cents says:

      CT, not a collision. It was a frank unplanned international meeting between two vessels with a healthy exchange of kinetic energy in solidarity with our core values from our extensive training. We are looking into a sailor who failed to use the right pronoun who might be the root cause of the friction.

  7. TKC1101TKC1101 says:

    we have come off eight years of grooming command level Navy based on global warming , social justice and political correctness.

    This is the rot that sets in.

  8. ctlaw says:

    To put this in perspective, we only have about 80 cruisers and destroyers and probably only half of them are out at a given time. Losing three in 8 months is a huge attrition rate.

  9. 10 Cents10 Cents says:

    I still can’t see how these things can happen. Isn’t there enough buffers and redundancies in the system?

    Time to put someone up in a crow’s nest again. I wonder how long of a watch those guys had up there.

  10. ctlaw says:

    The collision was with a tiny tanker:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alnic_MC
    Just like Crystal was a tiny containerized cargo ship.

  11. ctlaw says:

    To put this in further perspective, Ronald Reagan’s Navy had more than twice the present ship count and fewer of the modern navigation aids. But they were crewed by late Boomers and early Gen-X. The current ships are crewed by millennials.

  12. MLHMLH says:

    Though Liberian flagged, the Alnic is owned by a Greece-based shipping company Stealth Maritime Corporation S.A. through a subsidiary registered in the Marshall Islands.

    This could explain it!
    Jeesh, it’s getting embarrassing. When are we going to hear about half-tracks colliding with semis?

  13. NandaNanda says:

    What. The. Hey.?! Sheesh…

  14. ctlaw says:

    “After U.S. destroyer collision, Chinese paper says U.S. navy a hazard”
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-destroyer-collision-chinese-paper-says-u-navy-075617873.html

  15. EJHill says:

    I don’t think spirit videos at the Academy are to blame for these collisions.

  16. AdministratorAdministrator says:

    These individual events have individual proximate causes, but as a pattern, fault-finders should look to long-lead decisions over the last several decades.
    7th Fleet is the canary in the global coal mine. The butcher’s bill for neglecting the Navy has come due.

  17. DevereauxDevereaux says:

    I suppose one can ask why no flags seem to have voted with their feet when circumstances became poor. ?Do you think there were any reports listing the issues facing the Navy from the flag POV. My sense is no; they are a go-along-to-get-along group. When no one resigned over Benghazi you knew you had a feckless group.

    • MLHMLH says:

      dis-* the sentiment but don’t disagree.
      No flags stepped down b/c money — damn nice pension.

    • DevereauxDevereaux says:

      Yes, but most of the flags are past where the pension is either in danger nor grows. I would find it hard to do what Dempsey did as CJCS for Obama. But that’s me.

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