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Re: Navy to file criminal charges..
You all seem to think this a recent development in Naval operations. Well, let me tell you it's not!
When I grew up on the bay, it wasn't all that infrequent a destroyer hit a bridge, or some other Naval vessel went aground. Not too many years back, a US Navy ship ran aground on a reef in a national park in the Philippines for no apparent reason. Using google I could probably come up with innumerable others.
It seems when you run around on a vessel with a big gun or two, you kinda expect other, less well armed vessels to keep clear. It is clearly a failure of the whole system, a system that advances incompetent officers and doesn't train the lesser ratings well enough in the operation of the vessels when not engaged in military operations.
Not to say this holds true for only the US Navy, for it doesn't. But since the introduction of mechanically driven vessels to the fleets of the world's military, I believe seamanship has taken a back seat to military preparedness.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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