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Re: US Navy ship inquiry finished.....
Haven't read the entire report but have read enough to know that this is a much broader problem than what happened on the bridge of Guardian prior to its grounding.
Every ship has a schedule of inspections that they are required to pass at regular intervals. In addition every ship has a supervising squadron or group authority whose responsibility it is to frequently monitor the operations of the ship.
The report shows complacence and failure to practice time tested piloting and navigation practices and complete reliance on electronic chart plotters and complete faith in the plotter even when their eyeballs told them the ship was not in its expected position based on observation of a navigation light!
Outside responsible agencies obviously did not properly evaluate navigation practices on this ship. How many other ships are relying exclusively on chart plotters and are not properly trained on piloting and navigation and have not been evaluated as substandard by inspection and oversight agencies?
Perhaps manpower and budget cuts have finally stretched group and squadron staffs to the point where they can no longer adequately inspect our ships. I'll wager this accident report doesn't address this factor. I hope flag officers are discussing it and raising hell about it if warranted.