Mishaps at Sea Spark U.S. Navy Board of
December 10, 2009
Norfolk, Virginia (ENN) -- A recent rash of accidents on the
high seas - some fatal - has been plaguing the U.S. Navy in recent
months and the Secretary of the Navy has decided to initiate an
investigation into the causes.
U.S. Navy spokesman announces
court of inquiry to investigate the recent string of accidents at sea
These accidents include the loss of at
least two navy aircraft as they attempted to land on a carrier deck,
one of them causing extensive damage to the ship and resulting in the
A more recent incident involved a freak fire on the cruiser U.S.S.
Shiloh which severely burned several sailors.
It has been speculated that the cause of these accidents can be traced to
the U.S. Navy far exceeding its normal patrol periods of 2-3 months,
with some patrols lasting 4 months or more.
"After 3 months at sea,
strange things start to happen," said one highly reputed Admiral,
who asked not to be named. "Guys start singing to
themselves, daydreaming while on duty, regressing to an infantile sense
of humor, and generally start to... well, you know... lose it."
submariners, who are usually screened for their ability to maintain
clarity and focus while being at sea for long periods of time, are
rarely deployed for longer than 3 months.
The extended patrols are no
doubt a result of increased global tensions in the Balkans, Africa and
the Middle East as well as the Pacific. Whether this increase in
tensions justifies the increased risk of human error is a question that
the board of inquiry will be taking a hard look at over the next several