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Default Fatigue and Training Gaps Spell Disaster at Sea

Somehow in it's drive to upgrade the U.S. Navy repairs, need for sleep and no time for training were found to be the answer to four collisions this year alone, and the sacking of top commanders last week it appears the Navy is now aware.



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Fatigue and Training Gaps Spell Disaster at Sea, Sailors Warn
NYTimes, By DAVE PHILIPPS and ERIC SCHMITT... 12 mins ago


WASHINGTON — Two deadly collisions between high-tech destroyers and easy-to-spot, slow moving cargo ships in little over two months have stunned many in the Navy and sent top leaders scrambling for answers.

But shipboard veterans had long seen signs of trouble. Factor in a shrinking Navy performing the same duties as a larger fleet did a decade ago, constant deployments that leave little time to train and relentless duties that require sailors driving 9,000 ton vessels to endure sleepless stretches that would be illegal for bus drivers and avoidable accidents can happen, current and former officers say.

“What seems impossible — that two ships could hit in the middle of the ocean — becomes very real,” said Robert McFall, a former Navy lieutenant commander who served as the operations officer of the destroyer Fitzgerald in 2014. “If you are not at your best, events can start that lead to a disaster.”

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