The Navy’s recent seagoing collisions resulting in the tragic loss of 17 sailors have brought into stark relief the urgent need and compelling obligation to “fix the problem.” As in every major incident in our Navy’s history, there is a long chain of events that drove it to this moment in time. In hindsight, it is painfully clear we should have seen this coming. Both the Secretary of the Navy in his “Strategic Review” and the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) in his “Comprehensive Review,” conducted by Fleet Forces Command, articulated the causes of these tragedies as well as recommendations to rapidly improve the Navy’s at-sea competence. The two reviews complement one another in addressing culture, professional competency shortcomings, readiness deficits, accountability, and other relevant factors.
We Can Fix the SWO Career Path
By Admirals Michael Mullen and Robert Natter, U.S. Navy (Retired)