The Pentagon wanted to have a ‘show of power’ to North Korea. So they sent all possible ships there where a spy ship with tons and tons of radar on board…sailed across the prow of a huge container ship in the middle of the night and the spy ship nearly sank and is badly crippled. Has 330 sailors and some were killed in their bunks. The question is, how on earth did this spy ship not see a huge container ship? Gross incompetence is the only possible cause.
Sea traffic has many rules. Rule#1 is: all ships have to move out of the way of containerships and other super sized ships. There is a reason for this rule: huge ships can’t suddenly change direction. It is impossible. Nimbler ships are to scout out where a container-sized ship is moving and take evasive measures.
Aircraft carriers are the same: all other naval ships must defer to these because they, too, can only very slowly change their course. The crash of this particular ship is significant because it bristles with electronic devices for seeing and hearing everything, it is a ship that is the eyes and ears of the Navy.
The USS Fitzgerald was named after the William Charles Fitzgerald, a US Navy officer. She is part of US Destroyer Squadron 15. The Fitzgerald is deployed to counter ballistic missile threat worldwide.
Given the resources that go into building a USS Navy destroyer, it’s clear that the costs can truly accumulate. But you’ll never believe just how much destroyers costs: Despite the fact that USS Fitzgerald Navy destroyer was built quite some years ago, it’s estimated that in 2017, the cost is approximately $1.5 billion.
What happened last night was total incompetence. This expensive piece of useless hardware couldn’t even protect itself. Nothing is any better than the people running things and in this case, human error or someone sleeping on the job (quite likely) caused this disaster.
This is also why playing ‘nuclear war games’ with crazy people is dangerous. North Korea is crazy. And quite capable of blowing up Tokyo and then overrunning South Korea (they don’t want to nuke the main cities there).
In today’s news is a story boasting about how fast we can fly military jets:
This photo was taken during the parade offshore of Asia to show off to the Russians, Chinese and North Koreans, how strong our military is. The leaders of these countries are probably laughing right now.
Will the Pentagon pursue the investigation as to why a US ship armed with all systems for ‘seeing’ in the dark, still ran right up to a slow moving containership?