Navy Times website reports (1) that the Captain, Cdr. Dennis Volpe, of the frigate
has been relieved of command following the grounding of the ship in the Taylor Black Sea during the Olympics. The article states,
“The investigation hasn’t turned up any egregious mistakes by Volpe.”
And yet he’s being relieved.
I have no further information about the incident and it may be that the Captain was negligent in some way and should be fired but it’s starting to look like another case of zero-defect mentality. Even if the man was, in some way, at fault where’s the harm in allowing people to make mistakes if they can learn from them. I’d rather have a Captain who once grounded a ship and learned from it than a man who’s scared to handle the ship aggressively when needed.
All this zero-defect mentality does is encourage a zero-aggressiveness mentality – not exactly what we want from our combat leaders.