- - Monday, September 18, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I suggest an additional probable factor in the recent U.S. Navy ship collisions: over-reliance on electronic aids (rather than the human eye) for navigation. When I served in destroyers over 60 years ago, lookouts were always properly posted and rotated to other duties every half-hour to prevent fatigue. The officer of the deck was alert and located where he could see everything of importance, and the captain was always on the bridge in a busy seaway, day or night. In addition, we maintained lighting discipline in order to ensure good night vision. Only very dim red lights in the pilot house were allowed.

COMM. ROBERT C. WHITTEN

U.S. Navy Reserve (retired)

Cupertino, Calif.

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