Cmdr. Dennis Velez, then the commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, mans the helm in the Pacific Ocean in 2011. (JENNIFER VILLALOVOS/U.S. NAVY)
Cmdr. Dennis Velez, then the commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, mans the helm in the Pacific Ocean in 2011. (JENNIFER VILLALOVOS/U.S. NAVY)

In response to back-to-back deadly collisions, Navy rethinks ship bridges to help prevent future accidents

by Scott Wyland
Stars and Stripes

The Navy plans sweeping changes to bridges and control systems on its ships to increase crew efficiency and help them avoid collisions like those that killed 17 sailors on the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain.

Bridges are being revamped in response to these two deadly accidents that occurred in busy western Pacific waters two months apart in 2017 — accidents that Navy investigations later deemed avoidable.

Bridge equipment will be upgraded to improve navigation and situational awareness, with the aim of eliminating blind spots and assisting bridge crews in reacting safely to nearby ships, especially in dense traffic.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.573781

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