Thank you for your reply John. I realise I am giving you hard time.
It may just be my opinion. I believe when you or someone else puts Name plus a list of qualifications and experience and publishes the comment as an Editorial. You have identified yourselves as an expert giving expert opinion in an editorial in professional publication. So I would expect a higher standard than the average internet forum poster.
You have wondered why it stirs a hornets nest. I am pointing out why I believe it stirred a hornets nest.
Hopefully in a positive manner.
Ok I will focus to the quote from the most recent Editorial by Michael W. Carr. Why I think their is a problem publishing this as an editorial.
" So much protesting from the Navy, and maybe from the Merchant Marine, indicates people and organizations realize they have not been holding up the standards of their profession"
Your "unbiased" pal just made a very sweeping general statement about 2 completely different organisations. Is it your contention he came to this conclusion based on the rantings of some unidentified anonymous old farts on the internet. OK. speculation. I suppose some of them may feel this way, hardly evidence its a general feeling about all Naval or Merchant Marine Officers.
"They know this horrible accident occurred due to human error" Ok I accept this is a reasonable conclusion. I wouldn't go so far as to say I know, My speculation it is very, very likely. Some of the Humans made some errors. Its what humans do.
"…a combination of an autopilot with no one on the bridge," This is the quote which to my mind damages Gcaptain credibility. Can you quote any source of information confirming this. If not it is not speculation it is just plain slander.
"Navy deck officers not really knowing or being able to stand a confident deck watch". Not quite as blatantly biased as the one above. Can you quote any actual source or reference for this comment.
I to am wondering about the, Qualifications, Training, Experience, and abilities of officers on duty on the USS Fitzgerald. No doubt any investigator will make the relevant enquiries. While I may have many questions I certainly could not make a general accusation about Naval Officers in general.
"Maybe a culture these days where there is too much emphasis on process and not results" I will let you off the hook on this. It is just a question.