Everyone who’s read my posts knows that I am no sailor. I don’t even own a yellow rubber ducky for the bathtub. But, having seen “Titanic” one time I figured out what happens when a steerable ship hits an object. Perhaps the problem is language? Sailors talk funny. In the Army, “head” means skull with brain, kit, one each, and is mostly used for storing knowledge. In the Navy, “head” means where one puts their body waste. Perhaps this confusion is why the Navy is suffering from the malady of shit-for-brains when it comes to piloting their ships.
This marked the fourth mishap for U.S. Navy ships in the Pacific since February.
Aside from the USS McCain and USS Fitgerald incidents, the Navy crusier USS Antietam ran aground dumping over 1,000 gallons of oil in Tokyo Bay in February. In May, another cruiser, USS Lake Champlain, hit a South Korean fishing vessel. [corrected spelling of February]
An active-duty Navy officer expressed concern to Fox News over the training of young Navy officers aboard ships.
“It’s not the same level of training you used to get,” the officer said.
So, “port” means Left. And if you see a slow-moving vessel racing like a ground sloth to intercept you, spin the wheel – you, Mr. Navy Skipper, just may be a winner!