The string of recent Navy incidents has us worried. The list includes: the 2016 capture of U.S. Navy riverine patrol boats by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy; the January 2017 grounding of the USS Antietam (CG-54) near Yokosuka, Japan; the May 2017 collision between the USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) and the fishing vessel Nam Yang 502; the deadly summer 2017 collisions involving the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG-56); and the loss at sea of the lieutenant (junior grade) from the USS Lake Erie (CG-70) in August 2018.
In the meantime, the Glenn Defense Marine Asia (a.k.a. “Fat Leonard”) investigation continues to reveal corruption among senior officers, and commanding officers of Navy ships, submarines, and squadrons are relieved regularly for improper conduct. And hardly a week passes without a commanding officer, executive officer, or command master chief being relieved for one ethical issue or another.