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As the Fitzgerald sailed into the busy waters near Japan it cut through a channel with specific rules for navigation, known as a a traffic separation scheme. The ship did not have the navigation patterns on its charts and repeatedly drove across the bow of ships exiting the channel.
The Fitzgerald’s commanding officer was in his cabin prior to the collision, which took place at 1:30 a.m.. The report documents numerous mistakes made by the officer of the deck, who is the main officer in charge of safe navigation while on watch.
At one point, the Fitz crossed the bow of an oncoming merchant ship at a range of less than 650 yards — fewer than four ship-lengths — but the officer of the deck never informed the captain, a violation of standing orders that requires the skipper to be summoned to help oversee the hazardous conditions.
It was just before dawn when the McCain headed into the Strait of Malacca, one of the busiest waterways in the world. The ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez, had been on the bridge overseeing navigation in the heavily trafficked area near Singapore for more than four hours when the accident occurred at 5:23 a.m.
The failures on McCain began hours before accident.
Sanchez had decided to give his crew some extra rest and delayed orders putting his crew on what is known as sea and anchor detail, which requires more sailors and puts the ship at a higher state of readiness. That includes a bulked up navigation team, a full suite of lookouts and a master ship driver on the bridge.
Do we think Navy top brass are currently keeping their heads down and looking very glum?!
Yes, because all military members do their job perfectly every single time, and never make mistakes.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: jaws1975
Yes, because all military members do their job perfectly every single time, and never make mistakes. Occam has nothing to do with actual investigation. Crews that are overworked, such as they see in Seventh Fleet are more likely to make mistakes than crews that aren't. Crews that train constantly, unlike Seventh Fleet, are less likely to make mistakes.
Military crews are still humans, and they still make mistakes. I've seen some incredibly stupid mistakes made by military crews, such as putting your NVG case in front of the control column to hold the elevators up out of the way, and forgetting they were there. Or pulling an ejection handle to close the canopy and blowing it off the aircraft. Or turning too hard and causing a plane to crash. Just because they're US Navy doesn't suddenly make them perfect.
originally posted by: seagull
a reply to: jaws1975
So instead of a group of sailors who were, from all accounts, either 1) unable to follow procedure, almost as if they were not trained properly, or 2) criminally negligent which leads directly to the death of their fellow sailors.
Some foreign power though, apparently, has the power to hack all the systems of the ship(s), including apparently, the brains of the watch standers, and make the ship(s) crash. You do know, do you not, that the ships can be steered manually? So, too, can the engines... Why didn't they, in essence, just unplug themselves from the "hacked" electronic brains, and use their own?? Which means looking out the damned window and seeing with their own little eye-balls, the world around them.
Ill-trained, certainly ill-supervised, crews are almost certainly to blame, not some super-secret "enemy" computer hacker. Are there folks out there with the wherewithal to do something like hack a warships systems--oh, yes, I suppose there are, but there are also folks within the military, rather smart ones, too, who's sole job is to prevent such occurrences.
Bad training, and worse leadership, came together to create a situation on two ships that that same bad training was unable to handle.
Bad training in an emergency will lead people to doing exactly the wrong thing at exactly the right moment guaranteed to make the problem worse. Ever watch people drive on ice or snow? Car starts slipping/sliding, what does the driver, almost invariably, do? Locks the brakes up. Doing exactly the wrong thing at the worst possible moment. What happens then? Collision with another car, moving or parked, or off the road--seldom anything good.
That is, exactly, the scenario that played out on those ships.
Why didn't they, in essence, just unplug themselves from the "hacked" electronic brains, and use their own?? Which means looking out the damned window and seeing with their own little eye-balls, the world around them.
No member of the bridge watch team, including the commander and executive officer, had the proper training to operate the ship’s control console in event of a steering failure.