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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian11 Jun 2018 8:46 p.m. PST

Two officers who faced negligent homicide charges for their role in the fatal June 2017 USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) collision have been recommended not to face court-martial and instead be separated from the Navy, according to a recommendation following a preliminary hearing last month…

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 3:05 a.m. PST

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Shouldn't they focus mainly on the ones most directly responsible for the event?

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Andrew Walters12 Jun 2018 9:27 a.m. PST

An interesting part of the problem, to the degree I understand it, is that no one is *directly* responsible and a *lot* of people are indirectly responsible. I've read a bunch of articles and discussed this both on TMP and in real life, but I still don't feel I know enough to second-guess the decisions of professionals who have all the details. I don't feel there is a villain here so I have no inherent desire to see anyone hanged. I principally hope that they figure out some new procedures so such an obvious, stupid thing doesn't happen again. I have to suspect that the deterrent effect of our awesome navy is mitigated when stuff like this happens.

GROSSMAN12 Jun 2018 3:31 p.m. PST

Nothing to see here move along….

Lion in the Stars13 Jun 2018 1:33 p.m. PST

More like, the people directly responsible (for reducing manning and training levels that got us into this mess in the first place) are no longer in the Navy and no longer subject to the UCMJ.

@Grossman: Trust me that when the Navy grabs NAVSEA08 himself to be the investigating officer, it is dead serious about fixing the problem.

Naval Reactors (NAVSEA08's more mundane title) is at the peak of responsibility, and has no trouble going after anyone and everyone.

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