Join Date: Dec 2004
Thanked 51 Times in 51 Posts
Rep Power: 11
Re: US Navy ship strikes reef because of incorrect charts
Er-r-r...no. The thread title is not quite right. The ship hit the reef. The chart is in error. Not yet known that the faulty chart even contributed to the grounding. Article doesn't even say whether the faulty chart was in use.
Elaborate procedures are in place to prevent this result. Rigorous voyage planning and reviews by five levels of chain of command using detailed checklists should have been done.
Wonder if the consolidation of ratings that eliminated the dedicated quartermaster rating and assigned their duties to electronics technicians may have contributed? Any way you slice the decision it still deemphasizes the importance of navigation.