Bad Things Come in Threes
USS Jacksonville, currently in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for an overhaul, suffered another small fire earlier this week. Luckily, no one was hurt. This makes the third one for them in this overhaul; I discussed the earlier ones here and here. After the last fire, I said this:
I predict a lot of training on fire safety and extra work for the shipyard workers and crew. Normally, if you have one safety violation, there's a little extra training, everybody's more vigilant for awhile, and everyone goes on with their lives. However, when you have a second occurrence of the same type, this means, to Sub Force higher-ups, that: 1) Your training the resulted from your first accident wasn't effective in preventing a recurrence; 2) Your internal monitoring programs were not effective enough to determine that your training wasn't effective; and 3) You now need to have Group and Squadron personnel come down (or up, in this case) to watch you constantly to make sure your training and internal monitoring procedures are effective. My theory is that the Sub Groups did that mostly to make the corrective actions painful enough that noone wants to go through them again; if desire to avoid personal injury isn't enough, then desire to avoid more Group and Squadron monitor watches may be a more effective deterrent to continued unsafe behavior.
While I'd love to be back on a submarine, I don't think I'd want to be on this one for the next month or so...