As our US Navy seems incapable of even getting in and out of San Diego harbor without nearly having a collision. Our military is filled with officers chosen for political reliability and not competence.

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Dan · December 1, 2022 at 7:41 am

Absolutely. And, don’t forget the USS Harvey Milk (sp?) The naval ship named for the first openly fag politician. No wonder they can’t fill recruiting goals.

    Navyvet · December 1, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    and waaaay back in my day we facetiously called CVA 33 USS Kearsarge the Queerbarge. Now???????

mike · December 1, 2022 at 8:20 am

The Surface Warfare officers Course used to include a considerable amount of time driving the Yard Patrol Craft in high traffic areas so that these men would get a bit of experience in this area. The Navy decided that this was a waste of time and eliminated it. The results are plain to see. The merchant mariners of the world know that US Navy Grayhulls are a menance and steer a wide bearth.

Anonymous · December 1, 2022 at 9:15 am

Well, that’s a picture you won’t see every day! I’m thinking about how easy ‘kids’ these days have it with learning the Rules of the Road. We just had that dry-as-hell book on the Rules to read followed by written tests. Not easy to convert a shitload of dry paragraphs into comprehension along the lines of ‘almost never turn left!’

The instructor in me would love to use this picture (if I somehow found myself teaching young officer candidates or midshipmen the Rules of the Road) in the 2nd lesson and ask the class “What’s wrong with this picture?” 🙂
It’s not all bad, there is always the General Prudential rule (IIRC) which effectively says to do what you can to avoid a collision, despite the rest of the rules and whether or not everyone else is following them. Isn’t the CO on the bridge for maneuvering watch? I’m wondering how he/she/zhe let it get to this point before the hard left rudder on the DDG. Guess you could ask the same about the CO of the amphib although this looks like the destroyer’s fault. (I don’t know the harbor or whether either of the two ships is where they’re supposed to be in the channel)

Tom from East Tennessee

Brior · December 1, 2022 at 10:07 am

How many multi-billion dollar radars are on each ship ???
Apparently the “ON” switch is too hard .

Henry · December 1, 2022 at 5:54 pm

Prof. Sal has a terrific ewetoob channel and discusses this incident in detail in these two videos:

He’s got videos on plenty of other incidents, including the fire aboard Bonhomme Richard. For us landlubbers he provides an excellent explanation of many aspects of military and commercial seamanship.

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