This is a Don’t Let This Happen to You: “Worse than you thought: inside the secret Fitzgerald probe the Navy doesn’t want you to read” –Military Times

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YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 17, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) returns to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka following a collision with a merchant vessel while operating southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart/Released)

Navy Times has a story about an internal Navy investigation of the USS Fitzgerald’s fatal collision with merchant vessel ACX Crystal that took the life of seven sailors and disabled a $2B DDG.

It is a bit of a horror story, but one line stood out for me,

“Procedural compliance by Bridge watchstanders is not the norm onboard FTZ, as evidenced by numerous, almost routine, violations of the CO’s standing orders,”

In my experience there is only one explanation for this, that the standing orders were proforma to check a box, but the Captain did not in fact want to be disturbed, and had made it clear that he expected his officers to handle the situation without interrupting his sleep.

 

1 thought on “This is a Don’t Let This Happen to You: “Worse than you thought: inside the secret Fitzgerald probe the Navy doesn’t want you to read” –Military Times

  1. Passing on your CG Masters License is 90%

    With 7 officers under 50% – that is bad

    About three weeks after the ACX Crystal disaster, Fort’s investigators sprang a rules of the road pop quiz on Fitz’s officers.

    It didn’t go well. The 22 who took the test averaged a score of 59 percent, Fort wrote.

    “Only 3 of 22 Officers achieved a score over 80%,” he added, with seven officers scoring below 50 percent.

    The same exam was administered to the wardroom of another unnamed destroyer as a control group, and those officers scored similarly dismal marks.

    The XO Babbitt, Coppock and two other officers refused to take the test, according to the report.

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