USS John S McCain collides with merchant ship

The McCain turned hard left eh.. Who would have thunk it.
 

Auld-Yin

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They look pretty blameless based on that. They were transmitting AIS and holding a steady course.
But their bridge was not manned to company SOPs. True they did what they could but there is still the fact that the watch was undermanned.
 

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As opposed to the JSM which had 11 watchkeepers on the bridge at the time of the collision....
Quite so, and the USN fix is to increase manning, albeit to address fatigue also.
 

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But their bridge was not manned to company SOPs. True they did what they could but there is still the fact that the watch was undermanned.
They could have 30 people on the bridge and not done much about it. Collision regs and good seamanship dictate that they stand on as they did and their ability to manoeuvre was limited. Its standard practice to share the blame a bit in marine collisions. Like blaming pilot error if he's dead.