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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 Jun 2017 10:31 p.m. PST

U.S. Navy investigators are being tight-lipped about details of the investigation, even inside the service. However, information USNI News learned from the Japan Coast Guard investigation indicates Fitzgerald was operating normally when the collision occurred, raising more questions regarding why Benson wasn't on the bridge when a contact was so close to the destroyer…


pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2017 4:27 a.m. PST

Yeah, that is a good question. At night, approaching a very busy harbor, with a ship closing, and the CO is asleep. Something smells about that.

kiltboy23 Jun 2017 6:08 a.m. PST

There are other officers that can be on watch, the Captain is allowed to sleep in the wee hours of the night with orders to wake him if need be.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2017 9:38 a.m. PST

Going in to " overwatch" can be felt as a slight by those who are supposed to know what they doing.
Besides, would it have made any difference?

BigDan Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2017 9:41 a.m. PST

Just silly. Most Navy accident reports cite crew fatigue as a possible factor.

Lion in the Stars23 Jun 2017 12:52 p.m. PST

At night? The captain was asleep, like he should be. The Old Man needs to sleep sometime.

Unless of course the Maneuvering Watch was set, in which case the Old Man should be on the Bridge.

This will probably be news to the JMSDF, but in the US Navy, the Captain is rarely on the Bridge. He's usually busy with other things like paperwork. There is an open microphone between the bridge and the CO's stateroom, so the captain is always able to hear what is going on.

However, I am concerned that the Fitz apparently wasn't running her surface-search radar…

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