Aninteresting follow-up piece by Kate Wiltrout today in the Virginian Pilot, here, on the LCDR Sean Kearns court-martial, coverage here. If you’ll recall LCDR Kearns, the XOI of the USS SAN ANTONIO, faced a court-martial after one of his sailors died during small boat ops. LCDR Kearns was acquitted after presenting evidence that the ship went to sea without critical operations manuals and procedures, including small boat launch procedures.
The story quotes Fleet Forces Commander ADM John Harvey about the case. His comments discuss the responsibility of leadership in “less than ideal circumstances. Here is one statement:
The absolute responsibility that you have is the Navy’s greatest strength because it gives you the ability to command. And with that responsibility comes the accountability that ensures command is worth something, and worthy of those we lead.
Worth a read.