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    Re: Fitzgerald and McCain Collisions
    From: Sean C
    Date: 2018 May 4, 21:51 -0700

    I get weekly emails from one of my state's Congressmen (oddly, not my own district's). Following are some excerpts from the one I received this past week. (Emphasis added.)

    "Every year, the House Armed Services Committee creates and brings to the floor the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA, which is signed into law every year, directs policy and spending plans for the Defense Department.


    As the Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, I presented our bipartisan proposals on Thursday.


    Also included in this year’s subcommittee proposal were ways to address our current readiness crisis. In 2017 we lost 17 sailors in the McCain and Fitzgerald collisions in the Pacific, I believe this cannot go unanswered. Over the past six months, I have been working with the Navy through their investigations and as they create a new training curriculum to address these deficiencies. During this year’s NDAA, I will be taking a close look at ways Congress can assist the Navy in those efforts to make sure our sailors are prepared for their time at sea. That includes new certification requirements and allowing sailors to specialize in either navigation or engineering."

    I wonder what the navigation specialization consists of, exactly.

    -Sean C.

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