It often is the case that significant decisions, made for good reason, have unintended consequences. Recent incidents in the surface force indicate it is time to revisit the executive officer (XO)/commanding officer (CO) fleet-up model. While there are other possible common threads and any number of variables in the Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and John S. McCain (DDG-56) collisions, and while it may be too soon to draw conclusions about root causes, it is not too soon to start the conversation.
Time to Redress XO/CO Fleet Up
By Captain John P. Cordle, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Excessive time spent away from ships is doing a disservice to surface warfare commanding officers.