Thursday, April 15, 2010

Rotten Apples Mean a Few ex-Submariners

The number of rotten apples creating public relations nightmares for the Navy's submarine service these past 5 years is a very small percentage of our 13,000-man submarine force. Yet, dereliction of duty, desertions, and now a child sex crime, indicate the concept of moral turpitude ("act of baseness, vileness or depravity in the private and social duties which a man owes to his fellowmen, or to society in general, contrary to the accepted and customary rule of right and duty between man and man" [2]) is probably not being adequately identified in submarine volunteers.
Why, because standards for society as a whole have probably gone down hill in the last ten years. Submariners, excellent as they are overall, can only be a reflection of the best in our society at large. The digital age has created a new species of thinkers --binary. Criminals have always been binary thinkers - sort of. They distinguish right from wrong, work from leisure, and risk from reward. Can you see big blocks of considerations missing from such binary calculus?
Good P.R. (not all-inclusive)
04/15/2010 - GROTON, Conn. - Captain Marc W. Denno, Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) Commanding Officer signs a proclamation supporting Sexual Assault Awareness Month. April is the month of Sexual Assault Awareness, Child Abuse Awareness, Suicide Awareness, and is also the Month of the Military Child.
Bad P.R. ... Ouch!.... (also, not all-inclusive)
April 14, 2010
Admits sex with girl ...
Groton - Three Navy sailors surrendered to police Monday on charges stemming from the alleged sexual assault of 12-year-old girl on July 4, 2009. ... When the USS Philadelphia returned to port on Feb. 3, Groton Police and NCIS officials questioned Dominguez, who said he did have sex with the victim, but said he thought she was between the ages of 17 and 20, according to the warrant.
August 28, 2009
JAGMAN Report of USS Hartford collision 20 March 2009.
An informal atmosphere — along with crew complacency, a “weak” command and inferior submariner skills — are named as contributors to the March 20 collision between the attack submarine Hartford and the amphibious transport dock New Orleans in the Strait of Hormuz.
The CO and COB were both fired. The navigator, executive officer and weapons officer underwent nonjudicial punishment, as did 10 sailors. Administrative action was also taken against three direct support element members assigned to Naval Information Operations Command in Georgia as well as a fleet intelligence specialist based near Washington, D.C.
May 22, 2009
Boston Weather, Breaking News and Sports from WBZ-TV — March 04, 2010
Two sailors from the USS Greenville were arrested in Brutal New Hampshire attack. Beaten Man Suffers Skull Fracture. A former Navy submariner charged with beating a man in Portsmouth, N.H., last year [2009] has pleaded guilty in Rockingham County Superior Court.
October 04, 2006
Desertion USS Albuquerque sailors PO3 July 2005, and O3 in July 2006.
Submarines are always silent and strange.



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