Yeah, it seems like there is always some kind of comic relief coming up the gangway …
You are right about getting the real story though, it will come out and will only make the Navy look worse than if they just stated the facts about the sequence of events that lead to the point of impact. The facts are the kind of information that might help a lot of people, military and civilian alike but the navy will never accept the shame that goes with the facts.
The Navy is obviously struggling to find some way to spin this out to save face but they will only make it worse. I personally could care less about how they spin the “why” of this event, it is the same why that caused every other f-up; arrogance and incompetence at some level and usually multiple levels. You can’t blame them for wanting to hide it from view, how else can they maintain the trappings of royalty that keep the admirals in high esteem?
It is almost certain that they will dump heavily on the captain and a handful of clueless juniors then have the Navy marketing department come up with a new slogan or a catchy name for some new training scheme that will take the public’s mind off the event until the next debacle. This might even mean more support for KP since they may have an excuse to develop a cross training program with the able assistance of MARAD. Wasn’t it Churchill who said “never let a crisis go to waste”?
Make sure that Gary Rehm gets recommended for the Medal of Honor and call the other victims of incompetence “heroes” so the Admirals can keep admiraling while the Navy continues to attract budget dollars.