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Navy Collisions at Sea
On several occasions I have been asked what my thoughts were on the two incidents with the USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62).

My belief was these accidents were the direct result of poor training, both before reporting for duty on their assigned ships and while on board. Continuous training has always been the first and foremost important procedures both in time of peace and war. There should be no excuse for these accidents to ever have happened. There is a larger problem however, and Ron Palinkas' article well explains the most likely reason behind these two costly accidents.

Ron Palinkas served in the Navy as an Electronic Warfare Technician, spending most of his 6 years assigned to Cruisers and Guided-Missile Destroyers. His experience on ships, especially ones deployed overseas, shaped a perspective that has lasted a lifetime. Attention to detail, dedication to a course of action, and calm, objectivity in face of adverse conditions were important attributes then and continue to this day. His post on August 20, 2017 is spot on.
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