[quote=“Greg_Wright, post:27, topic:45260, full:true”]
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. [/quote]
Some of this may be due to a lack of reporting and better seamanship from those sailing around the Navy ships. I was on board a vessel that very nearly ran over an SSBN that decided to cross into oncoming traffic off of Port Angeles while running submerged. Fortunately my capt and the bridge team was on the ball and realized that it was indeed a periscope on what appeared to be a collision course. We avoided it and the sub merrily went on its way until the captain lodged a protest with the Navy. Nobody in the Navy was the wiser until my captain called it in. I wonder how many instances like this occur where, for whatever reason, the impacted vessel doesn’t report it?
You mean Merchant Mariner. The Merchant Marine is an organization who’s members are Merchant Mariners. A Marine is someone with a funny haircut that lives off the hand-me-downs from the Navy. A Mariner is someone who works on ships for a living.
As far as lights, I could see that happening. Imagine trying to call a ship with no identification, not showing up on AIS but sorta visible on radar. It’s night time, how well do you think you’d be able to see the numbers painted on the hull? Top it off by a fundamental difference in how the Navy describes the positional relationship of another ship to themselves vs how most commercial vessels would describe the same position. Just for fun, while all this is going on, throw in other ship traffic as well. I could completely see it making sense to try and shine a bright light at the ship you’re trying to get a hold of after trying unsuccessfully to raise them with more traditional means.