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Published: Sunday, March 31 2013 9:00 a.m. MDT

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JWB
Kaysville, UT

The mentality that 3 miles isn't far off course is what happens ever since the Titantic, 100 years ago, now. If that had been the Exxon or BP involved instead of the U.S. Navy, it would have made the news continually until the cleanup is completed. For a U.S. Navy vessel the crew and captain should have been completely away from that sensitive area. I remember being in the Army in Germany and on a NATO tactical exercise and one of our missile crews that day when our missile strike was "close" to the target. However, one of the Germans said that we hit his village instead of the target. That definitely made an impact on our crew as close, in someone else's country is more relevant when it is their country.

Why would a ship like that, just coming off an R&R in Subic Bay be that close to the sensitive area? The Philippines is made up of 1000s of islands, not just a couple. This type of ship was a national asset for it's type of mission, especially in a time of budget cuts. They have all kinds of sophisticated equipment and crew qualifications.

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