U.S. Navy Secretary announces Strategic Readiness Review after warship collisions

U.S. Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), Richard V. Spencer announced, on September 1, the formation of an independent subject matter expert team to conduct a Strategic Readiness Review in response to the recent increase in surface fleet incidents.

The review came following the collisions of guided-missile destroyers USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) with merchant ships, the grounding of the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) and collision between USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) and South Korean fishing vessel.

“The Navy has had a tragic increase in the number of surface fleet incidents resulting in significant loss of life and injury,” said Spencer. “These incidents are unacceptable and demand a thorough and comprehensive review, which is why I have formed an independent subject matter expert team to conduct a Strategic Readiness Review and I look forward to receiving the proposed corrective actions. As we mourn the loss of our Sailors, we must improve upon the way we operate.”

The SECNAV’s Strategic Readiness Review will coincide with the Navy’s Comprehensive Review of Recent Surface Fleet Incidents that was announced on Aug. 24. Earlier, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran had ordered a 60-day Comprehensive Review to be overseen by U.S. Fleet Forces commander Adm. Phil Davidson.

The Strategic Readiness Review will run concurrent with and complement the Comprehensive Review and the results are expected 30 days after the Comprehensive Review.

The findings of both reviews will result in policy recommendations built upon validated analytics and a full review of existing policies to determine what is being measured, what is being rewarded, and the intended and unintended consequences of those policies.

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