Onlookers sit on a pier as the USS John S. McCain departs Yokosuka, Japan, Oct. 28, 2019, to conduct comprehensive at-sea testing, the ship's first underway since its collision in 2017. TORREY W. LEE/U.S. NAVY
Onlookers sit on a pier as the USS John S. McCain departs Yokosuka, Japan, Oct. 28, 2019, to conduct comprehensive at-sea testing, the ship's first underway since its collision in 2017. TORREY W. LEE/U.S. NAVY

Navy lacks means to evaluate success of revamped ship-driving training, GAO report finds

by Wyatt Olson
Stars and Stripes

Senior Navy officials told a government watchdog agency it could take 16 years or more to know if recent training reforms will lead to greater ship-driving proficiency across the surface fleet.

That is not, however, an acceptable timeline for assessing success, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Thursday.

The report recommends the Navy take a series of steps to fully assess in the near term whether changes in training are effective and that as a result ships are being operated more safely at sea.

The Navy has instituted numerous changes for surface warfare officer ship-driving training in the wake of two deadly crashes in 2017.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.607536

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