I am not here going to debate the issue of women on warships because it is irrelevant.
The problem here is poor seamanship on the part of the JOs which reflects poor training, which reflects poor leadership.
Women are just as capable of navigating a ship as are men. I grew up racing sailboats and knew a lot of fine women sailboat racers. And it you can sail a sailboat on a crowded race course without hitting anyone, you can navigate a warship without hitting other ships. The former is a lot harder than the latter, in fact, which only becomes problematic when the other guy is shooting at you.
And this isn't about diversity. The poor minority sailors who were killed deserved to have competent officers navigating their ships.
Sir, with the utmost respect for your opinions, I disagree on pretty much everything you said. Let me make one point on “the ladies”
Your position on women’s presence on a warship being “irrelevant” turns the absolutely necessary “physical” attraction between the male and female, that is essential for humanity to survive on this earth, on it’s head.
Feminists love to say to the man and legislators... “control your self!!!”... and legislatures buy into that fantasy and men die. Why? because we know all women, like all men, DON”T control themselves and don’t and won’t behave and so, on a warship, “fooling around” does happen and can be fatal. One only need to check the shipboard pregnancy tally to confirm this.
So, obviously, the “control yourself” mantra of The Left does not work but PC is all about “living a lie” so so far The Left has gotten away with this outrage.
Granted our PC Navy leadership won’t tell us what “really” happened but one cannot be blamed for suspecting “fooling around”. Having worked many hours in CIC (Combat Information Center) and as a lookout on the bridge of a US Navy Destroyer, I have some basis to make these comments. In any event, I appreciate your comments.