(See T. Ogden, pp. 80–82, March 2016 Proceedings)
Captain Wayne Tunick, U.S. Navy (Retired)—Commander Ogden’s article concerning destroyer flight operations was well written, especially his discussion on the use of polar plots and training. Unfortunately, he veered off into using the cultural differences between the surface warfare and aviation communities as an excuse to ignore the inseparable relationship between safety and mission accomplishment in aviation. Simply put, if the ship commanding officer makes a mistake, the ship may be damaged and need to limp home for repair. If the helicopter aircraft commander makes a mistake, the crew and aircraft will be lost.
The author comments that aviators “are inculcated into a safety culture such that a bias toward safety exists . . . this bias creates clear lines—the majority being safety related—that aviators will not cross.” Bravo Zulu to the air detachment that inculcated Commander Ogden with that fact!