The nuclear attack submarine USS Montpelier (SSN-765) operates under its own power on 14 October 2012, the day after its collision with the USS San Jacinto (CG-56). (U.S. Navy/Mike DiMestico)
In the wake of the serious incidents suffered by surface forces in 2017, several commentaries and analyses, including Admiral Phil Davidson’s “Comprehensive Review,” have held the submarine community up as an example for best practices. Although the submarine force has a well-earned reputation for procedural compliance and proficiency, submariners should take care not to be smug. The collisions in the western Pacific offer lessons to the whole naval force.