A Navy official contested the GAO's training certification data, arguing that the GAO was focused on higher-level warfighting certifications and not the nuts-and-bolts certifications for operating ships where the Pacific fleet's destroyers and cruisers have a better record. There are 22 certifications required for each ship and the GAO only reported on half, the official noted, though they declined to provide the full training records for the USS Fitzgerald and USS McCain, citing the ongoing investigations into the collisions. … [Read more...] about Exclusive: US Navy ships in deadly collisions had dismal training records
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"When our ships are having this much difficulty sailing in open waters, it gives us a lot of concern about what would happen if we were in a major conflict and how we would operate there," Forbes said. "The Navy is in desperate need of additional resources so that they can do the kind of training they need, they can do the kind of ship maintenance they need." … [Read more...] about Why are so many Navy ships crashing?
According to the obtained surveys only 31% of the sailors who responded to the survey said yes to the prompt: "I trust that my organization's leadership will treat me fairly," compared to 63% under the previous commanding officer. The commanding officer at the time of the survey, Capt. Adam Aycock, no longer works on the Shiloh. … [Read more...] about Report: Massive morale problems aboard US Navy ship
The report detailed the extraordinary efforts to save the trapped commanding officer from his crushed cabin: "A junior officer and two chief petty officers removed debris from in front of the door and crawled into the cabin. The skin of the ship and outer bulkhead were gone and the night sky could be seen through the hanging wires and ripped steel. The rescue team tied themselves together with a belt in order to create a makeshift harness as they retrieved the CO, who was hanging from the side of the ship." … [Read more...] about US Navy: 2 deadly summer collisions were ‘avoidable’
"We can keep disciplining some of these bad officers, we can go and change our training manuals, our operational manuals about how to avoid these types of situations, but at the end of the day we need to have a military that is fed, trained and ready to go, and we're not doing that right now," said Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Marine veteran. "Everyone is trying to live off this magic dollar that somehow gets stretched, and it's just not happening anymore." … [Read more...] about Many warnings of readiness ‘crisis’ before latest ship accidents