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    Default OT: The destroyer Fitzgerald's collision with a container vessel

    A recent, highly readable account of the destroyer USS Fitzgerald's collision with the container ship MV Crystal off of the coast of Japan in June 2017. A disturbing tale of missing organizational cohesion, loss of distributed command oversight, over-reliance on malfunctioning/maladjusted/misunderstood radar systems, lack of applied basic seamanship, etc. Ship and crew were simply not ready to leave port - but were under orders to do so. The mishap cost the lives of 7 US sailors, and injured 3.



    This is a _long_ read (at least 60 minutes), but a completely absorbing one:

    https://features.propublica.org/navy...crash-crystal/


    The damaged Fitzgerald:




    And a (shorter) Wikipedia article on the collision:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Fi...stal_collision
    Last edited by tlfamm; 02-10-2019 at 12:01 PM.

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