Originally Posted by NCC320
Why such a post? You and none of the rest of us know what took place. Instead of some idiot watch officer, maybe it was some idiot enlisted helmsman who misunderstood the order, or maybe some idiot enlisted man who decided to check out and do maintenance on the emergency steering down below. Or more likely, there were no idiots, officer or enlisted. Just people, officer and enlisted, trying to do their jobs. Clearly something went wrong, and that will come out in the investigation.
sadly, but I can see the original tongue in cheek post happening. As a Navy Brat who comes from a LONG line of Navy men (I am 4F, or I probably would have gone into the USCG) I have seen and heard of some pretty stupid stuff happening aboard ships.. especially with freshly minted "ring tappers"
But then, My father's last ship was the USS Holland, a Sub Tender that was stationed in Spain (where I was born) and while most tenders stay chained to a pier 24/7.. this captain liked to go out every third week. Considering the amount of nuclear materials and classified paperwork aboard a tender.. and you really have to consider how much it cost the navy and taxpayers to take her out once a month.. as she never ran anywhere without a fast attack escort and other support ships