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Have wait for the investigation results. Lot of stuff that could have gone south not counting weather, sea state, engineering casualty on either ship, noise on all that radar, who's driving, lousy decisions, bad math........Radar? US ship probably jam packed with electronics. Just curious now. Thanks.
O5 in command. You are correct. He took command of the ship in March. Again, while ultimate responsibility rests with him, it is far too early to know what happened.Senior leadership in the Navy continues to shine, at the expense of lives and readiness.
The Navy needs a good house-cleaning at O6 and above, to include the occasional O5 (who I'm guessing commanded this rig).
"Watch Section." The "Watch Section" on the container ship probably consisted of one officer and an unlicensed lookout. That is how everyone except for the Navy runs a ship these days...0220 at sea and darken ship, both watch sections half asleep and not paying attention. It happens.
Football Fields is an understatement. For a "controlled," non emergency slow down the rule of thumb is one turn a minute on the load program, and then 5 minutes a bell after that. So from 90 turns to stop (You'll still have 5 knots of head way when you ring stop), we're talking about 45-60 minutes. In an emergency there are ways to over ride the program, but even then, you likely won't get enough start air on the engine for an astern bell until you're down the in the 5-7 knot range. It takes a lot longer and is much more complicated than most SWOs who race around on gas turbines understand.As noted above, there can be many contributing factors. The stopping distance for big ships moving at normal cruising speed can be football fields long. Container ships have very small crews and are thoroughly automated.