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Naval Lessons from Ukraine/Russia

I've worked in workshops and garages when I was in various units and we always took health and safety seriously. When I got safety qualified I became even more aware how dangerous a workplace can be under normal peace time conditions. I just appalled at how the senior staff can ignore the hazards that you've mentioned. As for mould, ever thought of getting the PMed section involved? I'm surprise that the unions have not file grievance / complaints.

Good luck
Which is as it should be.

I know that DND has some exemptions for operational reasons, which is totally reasonable in a shooting match, but absolutely no reason not to meet/exceed those standards when you can.

Catching a bullet or similar is an occupational hazard, but not meeting SOLAS rules and other national safety standards during peacetime is negligent IMHO, and should lead to all kinds of charges if someone does get hurt (mil or civilian). Also personnally think it's a huge disregard for your responsibility to protect your people from known risks that have basic controls already in place. Things are complicated enough without ignoring basic precautions, and some things are international standards for a reason. It's laughable to argue this kind of thing with random non-specialists in FSE who are essentially ivory tower policy weenies with zero experience on ships in operation.

VAC already rejects valid claims, so no idea why anyone in the miltary side takes that kind of risk as I'm sure a CF98 for something were you weren't wearing basic PPE (or not wearing it properly) and got injured would be another easy out for them.

Take pictures and post it on social media, like this example. Today, this the the way ;)

Take pictures and post it on social media, like this example. Today, this the the way ;)

Sadly that's the trend showing what works with AOPs; the work on the non-potable valves in the potable water system suddenly got a lot more priority when it hit the newspaper.

I don't get it, but if the 'Globe and Mail' test is the one thing that gets things moving we should start including 'intitutional reputational damage' or something in risk assessments so we can address something when we know about, and not wait until someone goes to the newspapers.

Talking to peers it's crazy how many of us are just starting to document the shit out of everything with BNs, memos, DRMIS notifications etc, as that at least starts getting people to consider there is a papertrail for bad decisions, and then we have a CYA if someone tries to use us as scapegoats.

'This is the risk of x and y happening'.
'We accept the risk'.
(later after x and y happening)
'We didn't know about it!'
Paper trail to the rescue!

For an institution that is so big on ethics, leadership etc funny how many people don't want to make the same decision if they actually have to sign their name to something after being confident before it's the right way to go. Not saying I don't have a list of documents offline that I can ATI if I have to though, as fool me once...
Twenty years ago, I know a Maj who ATI'd another group in NDHQ to force a disclosure of what they were working on, when they refused to share / engage with other stakeholders.
Here's a lesson (or at least a forced re-evalulation). Given the ability of shore based defences to push fleets further away ("A ships a fool to fight a fort" has returned) how does this change the calculus in the South China Sea.

Perhaps the Carrier Task Groups don't go into the "box" so to speak and strike. But instead use their assets to shield the pre-existing land based forces. Guam, Japan, Korea etc... that make up the Nine-dash line. The USN uses their stealthy assets like subs and long range missile assets to degrade/strike at Chinese naval forces inside that box, as well as land based missile launch locations.

Protecting their own land based assets to allow for long range bombers/theatre ballistic missiles/cruise missile to deploy from these unsinkable ships.

Japan is looking at this concept with their ballistic missile defence ship. Use the navy to shield, and other assets to strike.