All too common? If by that, you mean, what? Less than 10, 15 incidents of collisions since WW2? I think we have a different definition of 'common'. I'm pretty sure there'd be more incidents of this amongst Merchants over the same time period. Next, your statement that the Navy can't get from point A to B is a total non-sequitur. The Navy makes tens of thousands of successful transits ever year. To paint the entire service with the brush of this, or even a few incidents like this, is simply silly. Any more than we should paint civilian Mariners with the brush of the Costa Concordia incident. You speak of the level of training on the Fitz, but turn a blind eye to the entire Crystal's bridge team (assuming they were even there, or awake) dropping the ball? Your bias is showing. Look, I'm a Merchant Marine myself, and I've had to maneuver many, many times because some dumb-assed cargo ship wasn't doing things right, as I'm sure any of you have. And, I'm absolutely sure that the Fitz dropped the ball, and there's going to be heads rolling for that. I'm just as certain that the Crystal ALSO did, and I'm sure heads will roll there, too. Honestly, as someone that was in the Navy for 4 years (long ago), I am absolutely baffled at how the Fitz could have allowed this to happen. The difference is, I am not allowing institutional bias to give the Crystal crew a pass. I mean seriously, have you seen the latest reports where the Crystal Master said he signaled the Fitz with LIGHT?!?! I call bullshit. No civilian does that unless all other systems have failed. He's saying that because his VDR is not going to show any attempts to contact the Fitz...because his crew screwed the pooch, too.
If you guys want to have a decent conversation about this, you need to stop employing argumentative fallacies. They're only self-serving, and won't get at the truth, which is probably going to be hard for EVERYONE to swallow.