Navy Reportedly Ignored Standards Amid Collisions
“The U.S. Navy’s top officer in the Pacific is reviewing a program that allowed ships from the Japan-based U.S. 7th Fleet to operate with expired certifications amid a wide-ranging probe into two deadly collisions that killed 17 sailors and caused untold hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to two destroyers, three sources with knowledge of the decision told Defense News.
Adm. Scott Swift has taken on direct supervision of the “risk assessment management plan” program, a system otherwise known as RAMP that allowed the local destroyer squadron, fleet trainers and stateside commanders to keep their ships on patrol even if their qualifications in critical areas such as damage control, navigation and flight deck operations had lapsed.”
Hurricane Recovery Efforts
Admiral Charles Michel briefed Military Times on the Coast Guard’s efforts during this catastrophic hurricane season. Among his most thought-provoking statements was that the impact of hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on par with that of hurricanes Charlie, Francis, and Katrina in 2005 and 2006. “Take it seriously,” he warned to those in the danger areas, mentioning that Category 5 Irma calls for 185 mph winds. It’s going to be a multi-year recovery effort to regain some Coast Guard facilities damaged by Harvey.
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