What the hell has happened to my Navy?

A junior officer looks through binoculars while standing watch on the bridge aboard the destroyer Carney. (MC2 James Turner/Navy)


US Navy officers LACK lacking skills needed to avoid crashing
This is President Trumps Navy!
For 17 months our navy belonged to this president, so what has he accomplished?
Nearly 85% of junior US Navy officers LACK the skills needed to avoid crashing into another ship, report finds after disasters that killed 17
What the hell has happened to my Navy, Mr. Trump?
It’s Presidents Barrack Obama’s fault!
It’s Madam President Hillary Clinton’s fault!
It’s President Bill Clinton’s fault!
Well then, if must be the fault of those pesky immigrants coming from Mexico and Canada?
Report came after deadly collisions involving USS Fitzgerald and John S McCain
Out of 164 officers evaluated just 27 passed with ‘no concerns’ about their skills
Senior US Navy officer called results ‘sobering’ and vowed to increase training
By Rory Tingle For Dailymail.com
Published: 09:36 EDT, 7 June 2018 | Updated: 12:01 EDT, 7 June 2018
Nearly 85 percent of junior officers in the US Navy lack the skills needed to react decisively to avoid a collision with another ship, according to a ‘sobering’ report.
Newly graduated officers were picked at random for a series of tests in response to two deadly collisions last summer involving the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S McCain.
Out of the 164 evaluated, just 27 passed with ‘no concerns’, while 108 had ‘some concerns’ and 29 came up with ‘significant concerns’, according to the report published by the Surface Warfare Officer School and obtained by Defense News.
Among the shortfalls identified in the checks:
Officers struggled with operating radars and the associated tools at hand, an issue that emerged in the wake of the Fitzgerald accident.
Officers had a firm grasp of the international rules of the road for navigating ships at sea, but struggled to apply them practically during watch standing, especially in low-visibility situations.
Most officers were able to keep clear of close encounters with other ships in the simulator but those that found themselves in extremis “were often ill-equipped to take immediate action to avoid collisions” — a factor that was a direct contributor to the loss of life in both the John S. McCain and Fitzgerald collisions in 2017.
Troubling US Navy review finds widespread shortfalls in basic seamanship
By: David B. Larter
A junior officer looks through binoculars while standing watch on the bridge aboard the destroyer Carney. (MC2 James Turner/Navy)

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