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How We Reconstructed the Flawed Navigation Controls Behind the Navy's Worst Maritime Accident in 40 Years - ProPublica

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'To see the complex navigation system aboard the USS John S. McCain is to wonder how any amount of training would have been enough for sailors to have been confident using it. ProPublica reconstructed the McCain's Ship Control Console based on the system’s technical manual, confidential Navy reports, a safety review by the National Transportation Safety Board and interviews with a former Navy technician who worked on the system. Screens reflect ship parameters just before time of crash from the NTSB and internal Navy report which called the system “unstable,” with “multiple and cascading failures regularly.”  in August 2017, the crew steered the ship toward a naval base in Singapore, where technicians were waiting. The navigation system had indicated more than 60 “major steering faults” during the month. The McCain never reached its destination.'

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Sad! Technology over humans, and we lose again.

Submitted on Monday, Feb 10, 2020 at 5:06:53 PM

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I read this article a couple weeks back. The problem is far bigger than this one system, which did not fail soft but failed hard. (This reminds me very much of the Boeing 737 Max tragedy.) The chief who certified the training was himself not sufficiently trained, and he knew it. He obviously felt pressured to do what he did; I got the impression this goes on all the time.


The US military demands more than its people realistically can do. So, the leaders on the spot decide what is important to do, and lie about the rest because their efficiency reports would suffer bad marks and their career advancement ended. I read an interesting article a year or so back about the culture of forced lying that exists within the US military - it is built into the system.

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I wonder what the new fully autonomous war boats will do.

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