are you telling us that our Navy can’t SEE the other ships

…OK…American navy ship are by design hard to others to see …but…are you telling us that our Navy can’t SEE the other ships and get the hell out of their way…???

Naval Vessels, Shadowy by Intent, Are Hard for Commercial Ships to Spot

By KEITH BRADSHER andHANNAH BEECHAUG. 25, 2017  …HONG KONG — The tropical sky off Singaporewas utterly dark when an oil tanker plowed into the side of the American destroyer John S. McCain before dawn on Monday — but the moonless night may have been only one of the reasons that the tanker’s crew may have had trouble seeing a warship in their path.


Hard to see and hard to track electronically, naval vessels have long posed special perils to nighttime navigation. That has proved deadly this summer in crowded waters like those near Singapore and Tokyo, where another United States warship, the Fitzgerald, was struck by a cargo freighter under a waning crescent moon on June 17.

The issue has prompted growing alarm in the commercial shipping industry — which has started warning merchant vessels to be extra careful around warships — and in the United States Navy, which began pausing its worldwide operations this week for a day or two to allow time for safety reviews.


“There have been four this year for the U.S. Navy, and the Singapore Navy has experienced one or two” collisions with commercial ships, said Capt. Raymond Ambrose, the president of the Singapore Nautical Institute. “We need an attitude of defensive driving out at sea.”


Naval ships, designed to avoid detection by enemy fleets and aircraft, are exempt from an international requirement that vessels automatically and continuously broadcast their position, course and speed. They tend to have fewer lights than many commercial vessels, making them harder to pick out. They are painted gray to blend into the sea during wartime but become even more difficult to spot at night. And a growing number of modern naval vessels, including the John S. McCain, are designed to scatter incoming radar signals, so that they are less detectable.

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