Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: US Navy Ships Collide – Corrective Action? Fire the CO!
Here’s the damaged Sub…
Here’s some of the original news (the collision too place back in March – I’m behind on this):
Here’s a more recent DefenseNews/Navy Times story about an Admiral’s comments on the collision:
Some interesting quotes from the story/Admiral…
The crew had just finished an intense operational phase of its deployment and “everybody let down their guard” for what was actually one of the most challenging phases, crossing the strait at periscope depth, he said.
“There was a great deal of complacency involved in the crew,” he said. “They had been at sea for 63 days operating in areas with high contact density.”
US Navy Lessons Learned:
1. If you are the CO … Don’t run into another ship!
2. If you are the Chief of the Boat … Ditto!
3. Advanced technology can’t prevent collisions.
4. Firing people CAN prevent collisions.
5. Don’t be complacent.
6. Don’t let down your guard (no matter how tired you get).
For those not in the US Navy …
Interesting that fatigue was not mentioned as a potential cause. Seems like you might replace the word “complacent” with the word “fatigued” and this incident would make a whole lot more sense.
Of course, officers and sailors in the US Navy never get fatigued no matter how little sleep they get.