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Article on USS Fitzgerald Collision

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A very well done article on the 2017 collision involving the USS Fitzgerald.  Really hope the Navy will hold someone higher up accountable for the systemic issues that truly caused this accident.  Tough stuff to read. 

 

https://features.propublica.org/navy-accidents/uss-fitzgerald-destroyer-crash-crystal/?utm_content=buffer3069d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=buffer

 

 

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That may well be the saddest part of the whole thing, 

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“A lot of people are having issues,” Marquis said. “They didn’t want to get help because they didn’t know what it would do to their career or they figured they would get past it.”

 

As it happens; Dad is retired USN with PTSD and multiple other health problems & my brother is retired US Army with PTSD & a nephew with two young children had to leave US Army early because of PTSD.

 

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The Navy explicitly ruled out problems with any of the ship’s radars.

So, whose defense industry kickbacks would be endangered by The Navy admitting to (even if they are the Navy's own maintenance-caused?) problems with the radars?

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The people who need to be held accountable all work in the five sided puzzle palace.

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5 hours ago, southwestforests said:

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So, whose defense industry kickbacks would be endangered by The Navy admitting to (even if they are the Navy's own maintenance-caused?) problems with the radars?

That part I found to be the most disturbing was the fact that apparently this state of the art ship, forward deployed to a potential combat zone was apparently pretty much just an empty shell, trotted out for never ending PR exercises, manned by an overworked, under-trained crew.  That's not to cast any blame on the crew, everyone of those sailors did the best the could under impossible circumstances. 

 

Maybe moving forward, skip purchasing any new ships until you can demonstrate that the ones currently in service are properly staffed and combat ready?

 

 

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4 hours ago, 11bee said:

Maybe moving forward, skip purchasing any new ships until you can demonstrate that the ones currently in service are properly staffed and combat ready?

Now there's a point. Someone needs to be the parent to the Navy brass and say "You can't have that until you can demonstrate you are responsible enough."

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