I was in the USN, also, and, if I'm not mistaken, around the same period as you were -- the '70's -- and have experience using a grease pencil to mark a display. I didn't serve on targets, though -- I served in submarines as a Submarine Sonar Tech. After the Navy, I was an analyst for about 24 years supporting the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). I never said that there weren't problems in the Navy; basically it's been underfunded and over-worked for too long leading to manpower shortages, maintenance lapses (including upgrades), and training deficits. However, Vice Admiral Aucoin, the Seventh Fleet Commander, noticed that US-based fleets were better taken care of than his fleet was. The "old salts" have zero Navy experience, don't know what is going on in any of the Navy's fleets except the Seventh, and yet felt a need to say that all fleets should be "grounded" (their word in quotes). I don't know enough about the inner workings of the today's Navy, including your link to the over 6-year-old USS Porter collision, to make the kind of call the "old salts" did. So, do you think all ships of the US Navy fleets should be moored until further notice?