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Not so catagorical as all that...
Posted by George Elder on 9/13/2017, 10:35 pm, in reply to "Re: USN Ship Collisions"
Kevin Burke plied the seas many times, and he would tell me all about captains and other officers who simply could not do their jobs. This applied to navigation, docking, and even loading. Competence depended more on the company than any existing regulations that officers were supposed to operate by. Francesco Schettino's fate reminds us what can happen when sea meets shore, as in the Costa Concordia. And we see such sad collisions on a nearly weekly basis with ferry boats. There is no need to overstate your case because the record indicates poor seamanship is far from rare. In July 2016, the sub HMS Ambush collided with a merchant ship while surfacing during an exercise close to Gibraltar and in 2010 HMS Astute ran aground. There is no navy that is immune from collisions, and ample examples can be found. Add stealth to the equation, and the odds go up. Does this excuse poor seamanship? No way. Does it happen? Relatively rarely considering how many ships are on the sea. But regulations alone will not force compliance or skill. One cannot mandate competence.
: any merchant ship with 100% lack of
: qualifications would be arrested and
: prevented from sailing, and the captain at
: least JAILED!
: --Previous Message--
: Probably not a subject for discussion on
: 1250 model message board. I would not take
: it out on the USN alone. In a collision it
: takes two to tango. Merchant ships also had
: a terrible record lately…..leadership,
: seamanship, design ……
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