The Navy has commissioned yet another of their endless and pointless studies. This one involved simulator tests of Junior Officer basic seamanship. The results were what one would expect.
“A three-month internal review conducted by senior U.S. surface fleet leaders found some or significant concerns with the ship handling skills of nearly 85 percent of its junior officers …” (1)
This shocked the Navy.
“Brown [Navy’s top surface warfare officer Vice Adm. Richard Brown], who leads Naval Surface Force Pacific, termed the results “sobering.” (1)
Really? This was what you found “sobering”? Two collisions and multiple groundings didn’t bother you but this was “sobering”? Blithering idiot.
What kind of result did you expect after two collisions and multiple groundings?
All right, mocking aside, the Navy now has some actual data to look at which confirms reality (see how that works, Navy) and let’s the Navy put a number on the magnitude of their ineptitude. Fine. So, what are you going to do about it? Reports have been issued, a few wrists have been slapped, and a seemingly endless list of recommendations have been issued – as they have been many times in the past whenever a shiphandling incident occurred (remember the
Port Royal grounding?). None of those accomplished anything so why
will any of the current reports and recommendations accomplish anything? They won’t.
As far as I can tell, the 7th Fleet is still sending unqualified ships and crews to sea. Nothing substantive has changed.
Come on Adm. Brown, I’m asking you, man to man, why is this going to be any different?
Want to know why nothing will change? Here’s why – after all the collisions, groundings, and horrific test findings, here’s what Adm. Brown had to say.
“I have every confidence in our current generation of Junior Officers.” (1)
Really? Every confidence? I wouldn’t trust these incompetents to sail a rubber ducky in the bathtub and reality attests to that assessment.
Now, I don’t believe the Junior Officers are mentally challenged. They simply haven’t been given the training to succeed. Until they receive that level of training, only an idiot would trust them as a group. If Adm. Brown has every confidence, I guess that tells me what I need to know about the good Admiral.
By the way, Admiral, I have one more question for you. If the Navy is so determined to improve and to identify problem areas, why didn’t you run the same simulator test on the senior officers and Captains? I guess those results would be just a bit too embarrassing, huh?
(1)Defense News website, “Troubling US Navy review finds widespread shortfalls in basic seamanship”, David B. Larter,