Good Marine Corps gun policy, Al Franken and the Navy continues to step in it: Mike & Mac (with Will Contantani)

United States Senator Al Franken
Minnesota, Democrat
In a statement acknowledging responsibility a U.S. Navy officials said, “The Navy holds its aircrew to the highest standards and we find this absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value and we are holding the crew accountable.”

Wes O’Donnell: The Real Reason the US Navy Keeps Hitting Merchant Vessels

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.

“Commander Salamander” talks issues surrounding the collisions in the Surface Fleet of the U.S. Navy

CDR Salamander

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.

DISCIPLINE & LEADERSHIP WHILE DEPLOYED AT SEA OR ON LAND & THE LONGEST PUBIC HAIR I’VE EVER SEEN: Mac & Phil Smith

Basic Maintenance
US Navy

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.

SENATE ARMED SERVICE COMMITTEE HEARING ON “RECENT COLLISIONS AT SEA” — Hard questions for SECNAV and CNO

ADM John Richardson
CNO
US Navy

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.

 

NEWS HEADLINES & COMMENTARY: Is a 100 Hour Work Week (deployed) unreasonable?

USS Fitzgerald
USS McCain

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.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?