The surface fleet is changing rapidly. Most changes are designed to make surface warfare officers (SWOs) better mariners and increase crew training and resilience, all with the intention of making ships more combat ready. To support these changes and gain maximum benefit from them, the organizational structure of a ship needs to change—but not by much. A small change in how ships are organized can drive a paradigm shift that will result in an immediate and visible increase in readiness. The USS Pinckney (DDG-91) tested a new model in 2017, with positive results.
What Is Not Working
1. Condition II is modified general quarters, in which some—but not all—battle stations are manned. Condition III is wartime cruising, in which all key stations necessary for defending the ship are manned.
2. This assumes a three-section in-port rotation, typical for destroyers when deployed overseas. While in their home ports, ships typically will split the duty sections to support a six-section rotation.