(from my post in ACX paying USN 27 million) It applies on this thread.
I’ve always wondered about the “danger signal”. Given the size of vessels, given the “bridge bubble” that we work in, and in this case, given the speed of the Grey-hull at 20kts, realistically what effect does the danger signal have??? The A/B if he’s outside can’t hear it due to the sound of exhaust blowers at a range a ship could maneuver, so if you do hear it, it’s too late to do anything about it. . . and the MOW is inside, insulated from the noise.
And in the case of the DDG, - - - Pee bottles, kettlebells in CIC??? I am beyond speechless. Certainly not the destroyers I was on in '71 & 72. I guess the admirals and other powerbroker are more interested in a “kinder/gentler” NAVY, and the reduction of “toxic masculinity”, instead of SEAMANSHIP/LEADERSHIP/WARFIGHTING!
I read with great displeasure that the Operation Specialists, formerly known as RADARMEN of which I was one on destroyers in 1971-75, could not tune the radar, or adjust it for proper display. And that the condition was tolerated by the CPO’s and both the Division Officer (a commissioned officer) & a Department Head (also an officer). On GURKE (DD-783), the radarmen also knew the rules of the road.
From another forum, an author opined:
“The big buzzword for the Armed Forces in the last 10 years has been diversity and inclusion. Every dollar spent in that arena and every hour of training for D&I has been at the expense of developing the proper competency of Ship operators.” “D & I doesn’t work, because you end up with the wrong person in the wrong place for the wrong reasons”, wrote another writer.
Without a doubt, the priorities have changed, and changed for the worse. When the commander of a submarine is relieved of command for hiring 10 local girls in the Philippines for a night on the town, (he was “turned in” by one sailor from his sub - no doubt a malcontent snowflake who was jealous that he couldn’t afford 10 - who, by the way was also hiring two local girls and just not prosecuted by NCIS), then the Navy has the wrong priorities. When I was in, that kind of liberty activity although not necessarily condoned, was not a criminal or career ending event.
IT IS TIME FOR A RESET!!