The reports on the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and the USS McCain are incredible to read and as promised we’ll take a look at the both reports and the stunning events that unfolded on both bridges prior to their collisions.
One of the best interviews I’ve read as I’ve kept track of the U.S. Navy’s collision issues appeared recently on the inmilitary.com and was entitled “The Real Reason the US Navy Keeps Hitting Merchant Vessels” — Wes O’Donnell conducted the interview joined us to discuss it.
CDR Salamander is a retired U.S. Navy surface warfare officer, he’s done a blog and podcast (Midrats) for the last decade on issue that impact the U.S. Navy. He joined us to discuss the functioning of the bridge on a U.S. Navy warship, operational temp, training and education and upper echelon leadership that all have a hand in the issues that we have watched kill sailors in the U.S. 7th Fleet.
Gunner talks about having fun in Recruit Training, the dreaded 100-Hour Work Week while deployed and the Ken Burns series on Vietnam.
Phil Smith, Col USMC (ret) joined the program to talk about the 100 Hour Work Week while deployed that was such a large issue at yesterday’s Senate Armed Service Committee Hearing on Recent Ship Collisions at Sea. Along the way we get into a discussion about discipline, leaders who enforce discipline and the longest pubic hair I’ve ever seen.
Smitty also talks about his trepidation relative to an “anit-war” agenda in Ken Burns’ PBS Documentary, The Vietnam War.
The last thirty minutes of the SASC Hearing on Recent Collisions at Sea that took place on September 19, 2017 was the most sharp period of the 2.5 hour hearing. Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and CNO Admiral John Richardson fielded questions from Senators.
I watched the Senator John McCain led, Senate Armed Service Committee take testimony from US Navy big timers yesterday. They made a BIG DEAL out of working 100 hours when ships are at sea, which made me think, what is a normal work day when you’re deployed? So I thought about it, what was “normal” for my combat deployments:
Up at 0500 to clean up and have breakfast, maybe PT. At work before 0700.
Work from 0600 til 2100 each day, longer if there was “shit” going on. That was “normal” day and if you do that seven days a week that’s 105 hours a week.
Below is the investigation into the grounding of the USS Antietam that occurred in Tokyo Bay on January 31, 2017 at approximately 1015 local time.
Here is the link to the video that shows the track of the ALNIC MC prior to the collision. The McCain does not “squalk” a commercial signal that is trackable.