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Re: Navy to file criminal charges..
Sorry, I don’t buy fatigue or distracted.
They, the leadership, don’t know what they are doing and have no respect for the environment they are operating in.
For both recent accidents and the earlier one; doing 20 knots and ignoring sea lanes in high traffic areas is, or should be, criminal. The Captain should not have allowed such a course with a less than highly trained and proficient crew.
These events, for they are NOT “accidents” show a systematic disregard of common sense and of the Navy’s own operating and training procedures. In each incident there are a number of failures that start with poor planning and recognition of the crews degraded state. There are equipment failures or more likely operator failures due to poor training and/or staffing.
I’m hot on the fact they did not use AIS. if they were worried about it revealing their location they could have used it in “Receive Only” mode. This occurred in all three incidents. I find this indefensible.
Given the three incidents in relatively short order, and the common issues between the incidents suspect these types of issues are service wide and the attitudes that perpetrated them are likely deeply ingrained in the leadership.
Elsewhere I’ve seen similar systemic failures. In one case I did some performance analysis on an organizations practices against a parallel industries best practices. We did numerous performance audits and found uniform absymal performance. These findings were presented to management teams. In every instance the data was, at best, given lip service. Very little improvement came from the exercise. The whole program, although well intentioned and well executed, was undermined because the top leadership that ordered it was arrogant and hated by line officials. At one juncture that “We know what you are saying is true but we will fight it and make management fail” or words to that effect. Frankly, I was stunned. I’ve been involved with other culture change efforts that have failed.
All of this is to say that once a poor cultural mindset has infected an organization it is damned difficult to make substantive changes. It can be done but only if effected properly by upper management and the program is consistent over many years. I’m not hopeful that the Navy has adequately taken delivery of the mess they are in.
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Last edited by hpeer; 05-30-2018 at 07:05 PM.