Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Here’s a retired Navy guy who thinks the reason Navy ships keep hitting civilian vessels and running aground is . . . .
If I were at the helm and looked out the window to see a tanker that’s 100 feet wide and 50 feet tall bearing down on me, I’d be thinking about taking evasive action. We need the captain on the bridge for that, the guy at the wheel isn’t smart enough to make that decision? But I’ll bet every sailor on board completed sexual harassment prevention training, promptly and on time.
Perhaps, but God help the 19 year old Seaman Second Class who turns the wheel without an order from the Officer of the Deck. Who, on the other hand, should have exactly that reaction.