SPAC NOT USED – ENFORCEMENT NI – 6 Sailors Aboard USS Hampton Punished for Falsifying Nuclear Reactor Chemistry Records
How do six sailors give the entire Nuclear Navy a black eye? Simple … Falsify the results of required chemistry checks for a nuclear reactor. And do it not just once or twice … but for an entire month.
The negative press reports appeared all over:
I spent 7 years in the Nuclear Navy (back in the late 70’s and early 80’s). I find the idea of not sampling the reactor chemistry for a month … amazing! Admiral Rickover is probably spinning in his grave!
From the story it sounds like they were somehow caught during their ORSE (Operational Reactor Safeguards Exam). Surely this resulted in a failed ORSE. The Commanding Officer and Engineer will be looking for new jobs (probably outside the Navy – their naval careers are ruined).
Once again, if lax enforcement of standards (especially sampling of reactor chemistry) can happen in the Nuclear Navy … poor enforcement of SPAC can happen anyplace.
What are you doing to enforce important policies?
Are you just using late-uncertain-negatives?
Have you tried soon-certain-positives?
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