Since the 1950s the naval aviation community has successfully reduced mishaps through a series of evolutionary reviews of how we operate. In 1954, 776 aircraft were destroyed due to mishaps; the reduction in the mishap rate has remained steady since about 1988, and now fewer than two mishaps occur per 100,000 flight hours. The next step in reducing this rate is to establish and bring in an "A-Team" of experienced professionals.
The Naval Aviation Safety Program OPNAVINST 3750.6R states:
A naval aviation mishap signals a failure in the Naval Aviation Safety Program. It is evidence we failed to detect and eradicate the hazards which caused this mishap before it was too late. It is not too late, however, to keep it from happening again-which is why we investigate aviation mishaps with such vigor.