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O/T but RE: Sidebar story “Something is fishy about USS Fitzgerald story we are getting from the media”
I agree. Ever since I first read this story I have thought more than once ‘how could this collision possibly have happened’? My duty station for years was in the Operations Room of a Canadian destroyer. One of our functions was to keep a close watch on other maritime traffic, plot their courses, speeds and keep the Officer of the Watch constantly updated on the CPA (closest point of approach). We knew that once these civilian behemoths set the course into their computers they were then set on auto pilot. We suspected at times the people on the bridges of these ships just went to sleep at their stations or paid no attention to their own radars assuming quite correctly that everybody else would get the hell out of their way. They knew what we knew, we were little and they were big. We were nimble and they were slow to react clumsy giants. Therefore t was our responsibility (self preservation) to stay out of their way not vice versa. I don’t know about today in the U.S. Navy but I believe the Canadian navy still posts human lookouts (Mark 1 eyeballs) at sea to complement the electronic capabilities.
Just now I learned that when the CO was injured he’d been in his cabin at the time of the collision! WTF? I cannot fathom the Officer of the Watch not summonsing the skipper to the bridge well before this collision occurred. When the skipper leaves control of the ship in the hands of the Officer of the Watch he also leaves explicit verbal and written orders as to under what circumstances he should be called back to the bridge. In my experience that would have been while this container ship was still miles away and by then more than one system would have been warning of the dangerous situation developing. This would for sure been one of those circumstances unfolding that he should have been notified being imminent well in advance. Until more details are released this collision is unbelievable!
Having prattled on as such I can only say the eventual cause of this collision being determined will be very interesting. Most likely gross negligence and incompetence rather than equipment failure. But however remote (maybe even crazy) it sounds nobody can for sure eliminate ‘deliberate’ from the equation.
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