COLLISION AT SEA COSTS CAPTAIN CAREER
For a commanding officer on a U.S. Navy ship, there is no margin for error. So when the amphibious assault ship Essex collided with the oiler Yukon off San Diego last month, the Essex skipper knew his days were numbered.
A BAD RUDDER, BUT ALSO MISTAKES ON THE BRIDGE
While some of the problem from the May 16 collision, as the Essex and Yukon were getting ready to return to San Diego, was partially attributed to a faulty rudder on the amphibious assault ship, decisions made or not made quickly enough by Litchfield up on the bridge proved the four-striper's undoing.
|USS HARTFORD - "SHIP OF FOOLS?" - SKIPPER
OF NUCLEAR SUB RELIEVED OF COMMAND AFTER
COLLISION WITH NAVY SHIP IN GULF OF HORMUZ
CMDR RYAN BROOKHART "WALKS PLANK" AFTER
CRASH - OVER $100 MILLION IN DAMAGES TO SUB
USS NEW ORLEANS (LPD 18) NEEDS $2 MILLION IN
REPAIRS - INVESTIGATORS FOUND LAX SAILORS
LISTENING TO MUSIC, NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO
DUTY - NAVIGATOR STEERED BOAT WHILE ON
iPOD - LACK OF DISCIPLINE AMONG CREW