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More details on the USS Fitzgerald investigation have come out

 

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Their report documents the routine, almost casual, violations of standing orders on a Fitz bridge that often lacked skippers and executive officers, even during potentially dangerous voyages at night through busy waterways.

The probe exposes how personal distrust led the officer of the deck, Lt. j.g. Sarah Coppock, to avoid communicating with the destroyer’s electronic nerve center — the combat information center, or CIC — while the Fitzgerald tried to cross a shipping superhighway.

When Fort walked into the trash-strewn CIC in the wake of the disaster, he was hit with the acrid smell of urine. He saw kettlebells on the floor and bottles filled with pee. Some radar controls didn’t work and he soon discovered crew members who didn’t know how to use them anyway.

Fort found a Voyage Management System that generated more “trouble calls” than any other key piece of electronic navigational equipment. Designed to help watchstanders navigate without paper charts, the VMS station in the skipper’s quarters was broken so sailors cannibalized it for parts to help keep the rickety system working.

Since 2015, the Fitz had lacked a quartermaster chief petty officer, a crucial leader who helps safely navigate a warship and trains its sailors — a shortcoming known to both the destroyer’s squadron and Navy officials in the United States, Fort wrote.

Fort determined that Fitz’s crew was plagued by low morale; overseen by a dysfunctional chiefs mess; and dogged by a bruising tempo of operations in the Japan-based 7th Fleet that left exhausted sailors with little time to train or complete critical certifications.

To Fort, they also appeared to be led by officers who appeared indifferent to potentially life-saving lessons that should’ve been learned from other near-misses at sea, including a similar incident near Sasebo, Japan, that occurred only five weeks before the ACX Crystal collision, Fort wrote.

 

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8 hours ago, Ramlaen said:

I've been swayed into thinking the Freedom based FFGX will be the likely winner, due to Saudi's basically paying the up front costs.

 

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That is not their FFG(X) proposal. It's a proposed VLS module and SEWIP Block II refit to the existing LCS-1 class ship. This is their FFG(X) proposal (from SNA 2018)

 

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1 hour ago, totallyaverage said:

 

That is not their FFG(X) proposal. It's a proposed VLS module and SEWIP Block II refit to the existing LCS-1 class ship. This is their FFG(X) proposal (from SNA 2018)

 

 

Thank you for the correction, I haven't had a chance to go over SNA 2019 stuff yet.

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