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Re: US Navy ship strikes reef because of incorrect charts
Not knowing for sure, I post this as a query. It is my understanding that in a trip such as this mine sweeper undertook there are a number of preliminary steps. First the ships C/O is ordered to go from here to there by his superiors ashore. He in turn orders junior officers to make preparations - provisions, watch lists, etc. Included in these preparations is the navigating officer plotting out the course, making sure the appropriate charts are aboard, etc. The navigating officer then presents his proposed course to the captain, who signs off on it, and in turn presents it to the shore based authorities, who also must sign off on the course. Only after the shore based US Navy authorities have given their OK (clearance) which I understand has to be writing, can the lines be cast off, and the voyage begin.
If this is correct, the radio response of the C/O to the park ranger makes more sense. The C/O hears some minor Phillipino functionary telling him he is in a prohibited area. He has written clearance from his admiral, who is supposed to clear things between governments, to proceed the way he is going, and assumes it is a conflict between two governments, and so he tells the Phillipino government official he already has clearance to go where he is going, to check it out with the US Embassy. Not understanding it is a good guy trying to prevent trouble, assuming it is just another port authority with his hand out.