10 Jan '18, 4pm

[email protected] Has a Choice: More Ships or Fewer Missions, Surface Commander Says

.@USNavy Has a Choice: More Ships or Fewer Missions, Surface Commander Says

The commander of Naval Surface Forces believes the Navy can recover from the jarring tragedies of last summer, when the service lost 17 sailors in two separate ship collisions in the Pacific. But, he said, recovery will take time, and that will mean finding slack in the surface fleet's high operational tempo. In one of his last public addresses in his position, Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden spoke Tuesday at the Surface Navy Association's annual symposium near Washington, D.C. On the heels of the two ship collisions, Rowden requested early retirement and will hand off the position to his successor, Rear Adm. Richard Brown, in the next three weeks. Recently released investigations into the collisions of the destroyers Fitzgerald and John S. McCain with commercial vessels revealed errors of watchstanding, communication, and ship control that resulted in the disasters. Concurrent re...

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