The second and final part of the Helge Ingstad accident report came out to a bit of fanfare today:
At over 200 pages it’s a bit of a read, and I’m only partway through, but there is already plenty of good stuff. In essence, the ship could have been saved if the crew had closed water tight doors before evacuating. However, they were not effectively trained in damage control, and lacked basic knowledge about the ship’s systems and stability characteristics. Furthermore, Navy brass had repeatedly been informed of the sad state of affairs, without taking any action. All in all pretty grim reading.
The news are awash with demands of resignations in Navy leadership, but so far they aren’t saying much, except making promises of better training and increased requirements of experience for watchstanding officers.