From: My Mother, although my Father had some small part.
But ships and crews serving other areas don't seem to be having those problems as those in the Western Pacific. I have had intense training with little or no sleep. Part of it is par for the job but it seems to be extreme here. 100 hour plus work weeks? Four to nine hours as OOD besides their regular jobs? Important billets not filled for two years?
Also, if the necessary and important equipment was not working correctly on the Fitzgerald, why was it even allowed out of port? When I was a maintenance clerk in the Army, I would not let vehicles be dispatched if they were unsafe or not working properly - I let the commander dispatch them if he wanted them in the field.
In Lt Coppocks case where she pled guilty:
Coppock said she didn’t rely enough on the officers on watch in the ship’s combat information center (CIC) to help keep track of the surface contacts as a back up to her crew on the bridge. Prosecutors and defense attorneys that the conditions aboard Fitzgerald made the collision more likely.
“Coppock failed in her duties, but she received very little support,” prosecutor Lt. Cmdr. Paul Hochmuth argued during the sentencing portion of the trial.
“Being complacent was the standard on USS Fitzgerald.”
During the sentencing portion of the trial, lawyers for the defense outlined the gapped billets and inability to complete training on Fitzgerald. For example, the ship had been without a chief quartermaster for two years before the collision, and the SPS-73 navigation radar was unreliable, defense attorney Lt. Ryan Mooney said, quoting from the Navy’s investigation into the collision. The watch stander in the CIC who operated the SPS-67 search and surveillance radar was unfamiliar with the system.
Note: Edited to include the missing link!
< Message edited by RangerJoe -- 6/29/2018 4:13:36 PM >
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