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FORECAST INTERNATIONAL: BIZJET MARKET RECOVERY ON THE HORIZON
Nov 08, 2017
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS $22.2 BILLION LIGHT MILITARY ROTORCRAFT MARKET OVER 15 YEARS
Oct 24, 2017
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL PREDICTS $213 BILLION REGIONAL MARKET OVER 15 YEARS
Sep 26, 2017
FULL SPEED AHEAD FOR ANTI-SHIP MISSILE MARKET
Sep 13, 2017
AIRCRAFT CARRIERS MARK GROWTH OF REGIONAL NAVIES
Sep 12, 2017
TWO SHIP COLLISIONS RAISE QUESTIONS
Aug 24, 2017
RISING TENSIONS IN THE KOREAN PENINSULA HIGHLIGHT THAAD MISSILE'S KEY ROLE
Aug 10, 2017
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES IMPROVED U.S. DEFENSE BUDGET DATABASE
Aug 08, 2017
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL: BOEING ON A ROLL; BOTH CIVIL AND MILITARY MARKETS REMAIN STRONG
Aug 01, 2017
DEFENSE FIRMS SEE STRONG GROWTH POTENTIAL AS UPSWING BEGINS
Jul 18, 2017
COMMERCIAL COMSAT MAKERS CASHING IN ON HOT MARKET
Jul 12, 2017
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL: 15-YEAR WORLD AVIATION TURBOSHAFT MARKET WORTH $34 BILLION
Jun 20, 2017
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL PREDICTS $4.15 TRILLION LARGE JETLINER MARKET OVER 15 YEARS
Jun 19, 2017
FOLLOWING U.S. ATTACK ON SYRIAN AIR BASE, FI OFFERING DETAILED TOMAHAWK CRUISE MISSILE REPORT
Apr 07, 2017
POLITICS TO AFFECT SHAPE OF U.S. DEFENSE ELECTRONICS MARKET
Mar 28, 2017
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL: HIGHER DEFENSE BUDGETS LIKELY TO GIVE MEDIUM/HEAVY MILITARY ROTORCRAFT MARKET A LIFT
Mar 07, 2017
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL ISSUES 'LAUNCH VEHICLES: YEAR IN REVIEW 2016.' STAGE SET FOR RENEWED ACTIVITY IN 2017
Jan 30, 2017
FPSO CONSTRUCTION POWERING MECHANICAL DRIVE MARKET
Dec 13, 2016
ROLLS-ROYCE RULES THE NAVAL GAS TURBINE MARKET
Dec 12, 2016
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL RELEASES VERSION 3.1 OF ITS PLATINUM FORECAST SYSTEM
Dec 07, 2016

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Contact: Stuart Slade, Naval Systems Analyst
Phone: (203) 426-0800
Website: www.forecastinternational.com
E-mail: stu.slade@forecast1.com
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Forecast International: Two Ship Collisions Raise Questions over U.S. Navy Training

 NEWTOWN, Conn. [August 24, 2017] – Two recent collisions involving U.S. Navy warships and merchant vessels in the waters around Singapore and Japan may be indicative of a systemic weakness in U.S. Navy ship operations, according to Forecast International.

The U.S. Navy destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) collided with the 600-foot oil tanker Alnic MC off Singapore August 21. Five sailors aboard the McCain were injured in the collision, and 10 were missing, with the remains of some of the missing sailors reportedly found. This accident came two months after the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) collided with the container ship Crystal off the coast of Japan, which resulted in the deaths of seven sailors.

An inquiry into the Fitzgerald collision pinned the blame on faulty watchkeeping practices, inadequate training, and improper supervision of the bridge crew by the command triumvirate. However, the report was silent on exactly how a fast, agile destroyer ended up colliding with a slow clumsy merchant ship.

"With this background of collisions and groundings, the question must be asked whether there is a systemic fault at play here," said Forecast International Naval Analyst Stuart Slade. "We have to look at training procedures and priorities in order to determine whether basic seakeeping procedures are being properly taught."

Already, the finger of suspicion is pointing at the electronic charts and automated surveillance systems that are in extensive use. They treat navigation and watchkeeping as sciences, which neither are. Both are art forms built on science, and both require extensive training, constant supervision, and exacting vigilance, according to Slade.

"The problem is that electronic charting makes everything seem easy, and the old-fashioned skills of paying close attention to the radar screen, performing maneuvering board analysis on the display screen for closest point of approach (CPA) range, and being attentive to signs of close-aboard contacts all too often are simply not practiced," Slade said.

Slade added, "It is all too easy to rely on the electronic information presented on the electronic displays and give that priority over the demands of keeping a manual watch. If the skills of the latter have been allowed to decay, they can take a long time to recover."

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Forecast International, Inc. is a leading provider of Market Intelligence and Consulting in the areas of aerospace, defense, power systems and military electronics. Based in Newtown, Conn., USA, the company specializes in long-range industry forecasts and market assessments used by strategic planners, marketing professionals, military organizations, and governments worldwide. Forecast International also maintains a high posture of situational awareness and geopolitical analysis.

 


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Ray Peterson
Vice President, Research & Editorial Services
Forecast International
22 Commerce Rd. Newtown, CT 06470 USA
(203) 426-0800
ray.peterson@forecast1.com.



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