The United States Navy goes back to the very basic of basics. Break out the pencil, compass, and paper and get to plotting those contacts Sailor. That is the order that is coming down the pipe to all Navy vessels. After the collisions at sea of the USS Fitzpatrick and the USS McCain, the Navy has already done a lot of skull work to figure out that just like in sports, you always start with the basics.
Too much reliance on technology is not a good thing if it lets you lose sight of the big picture. That’s what leaders are seeing as just ONE of the issues needing correction. By using manual plotting techniques, you stay loser in touch with the overall picture. Haze Gray and Underway!
As Written By Kristina Wong for Breitbart:
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy is going to back to basics after a series of fatal collisions in the Asia Pacific region earlier this year that left 17 sailors dead.
The guidelines went out on September 15, according to the New York Times, and include reducing the number of hours sailors have to stand watch, adopting Naval Postgraduate School studies that recommend fewer hours to match circadian rhythms.
Ships steaming in crowded waters will now broadcast their positions, as other vessels do. Ships with crews that lack certification in basic seamanship may have to stay in port until they are certified.
A recent investigation by the Government Accountability Office found that the majority of ships in the 7th Fleet – including the two that fatally collided with other ships – lacked all their certifications, many being expired for months.
There are also new reporting requirements for major equipment failures and near misses.
Commanders will also require sailors to use……
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