That article had me laughing.
“Conversely, Navy ships often are unnecessarily rigid in their adherence to ColRegs. They hold fast to rules such as “stand on vessel”—the privileged ship with regard to right of way—and sometimes will maintain course and speed until in extremis.” - Bullshit. ‘Unnecessarily rigid in their adherence to ColRegs’ my ass. They do what the fuck, whenever the fuck for no fucking reason at all. I’d bet they see disregarding the RoR as a force protection measure.
“ColRegs do not apply until a risk of collision exists.” - Huh? That’s not quite right.
“U.S. merchant mariners try to give one another a wide berth well before a risk develops.” - If you call a few cables ‘a wide berth’ then I guess so! Its always the USS demanding a few miles CPA while the merchant is okay with a fraction of that.
"Compare the following two Navy security calls: “This is USS Virgo…”- I can’t recall the last time a USS called herself by her name. Its usually ‘Warship ##’ or ‘Coalition Ship ##.’ If they’re going to give an example, make it a reasonable one.
The purpose of the article is good. Its a shame its execution wasn’t.