reminds me of an old joke ...
in a dark stormy nite on board a USN warship ...
Sailor: Commander, there is a light straight ahead! We are on a collision course!
Commander (on radio): Captain of the vessel ahead. We are on a collision course with you. Come starboard 20 degrees!
Light: U come starboard 20 degrees!
C: This is Commader James of USN, you come starboard 20 degrees!
L: This is Seaman Lim Ah Kow, you come starboard 20 degrees!
C: I am a aircraft carrier, you come starboard 20 degrees!
L: I am a lighthouse, you come starboard 20 degrees!
The aircraft carrier turn ....
Of course, long before that becomes the last possible option, the watch team should already have plotted the course of the oncoming vessels and started taking action, eg. to raise the incoming ship on all available frequencies and enquire its intentions.
Is the fishing boat equipped with vhf?, where communication was made before the incident.
Even so, the frigate should make a 'safe' manouver as they are equip with radar and should be able to detect the fishing boat "few" NM away. Watchman mia during that period?
2. A good watch team would have plotted the speed, bearing and course of the oncoming vessel and would have realised that they were on a collision course, and alerted the officer of the deck immediately. Frankly, they should have notified the OOD of any vessel that would pass within 1,000 yards at the closest point of approach. And in open seas, any competent OOD would immediately try take the conn and plot a course away from such close contact.
3. So far, all the blame has been heaped on the battleship crew. I somehow think that's not entirely fair. If the bloody fishing boat saw the ship 37 mins earlier, why didn't they take evasive action? Is it not fair to expect the fishing boat captain to also think of his own safety and that of his crew?
Last edited by waileong; 25th February 2008 at 08:07 PM.
Not sure if it's the same, but if it's of similar name, I believe they are of the same class.
look at the navigation aids... do you think that BOTH vessels might be on auto pilot?