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    Re: Fw: Grounding of cruiser PORT ROYAL
    From: Scott Owen
    Date: 2009 Jul 17, 15:22 -0500

    Lu Abel wrote:
    > Maybe someone with more Navy experience can confirm or deny, but my
    > impression is that Navy ships do NOT use harbor pilots when they
    > enter/leave port.
    Lu,
    Typically harbor pilots are used in foreign ports or sometimes in ports
    with complicated arrival or departure schemes.  If the ship was coming
    out of the yards located at it's home port then no way would a harbor
    pilot be used.  Tugs would have been used to get her underway in the
    channel but nothing beyond that.
    
    It looks as though the aviation evaluation team was wanting to get back
    on the beach and in an effort to get close enough to the harbor for
    small boat ferry ops they ran her aground.
    
    Bottom line:  Over reliance on electronics, improperly trained nav team
    and loss of situational awareness all spelled disaster for this Captain.
    
    Scott
    
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