There has been another afloat death at Military Sealift Command this month. The first was from falling, the second seems to be while handling an UNREP line cutter.
My first thought was we all have dangerous jobs. My second was ‘shit happens.’ But two in a month?
The reality is this: the office likes to push training responsibilities on the ships. They would rather people get half-assed shipboard training. They send PowerPoint training slides out and call it good. They want the mobile training people (ATT) to come out to the ships while the ships are busy to fit in training here and there. It’s gun-decked at best. When someone dies they have a brief safety stand down and figure everything is okay again.
The two deaths were avoidable. The equipment was fine, the use of the equipment was not. Training was lacking.
Let’s see if our new RDML Wettlaufer can prevent this from from becoming a trend.