Captain Deatra Thompson

Captain Deatra Thompson is a 1994 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. She presently sails as a Master on various U.S. Flag merchant marine ships and is studying history at Oxford


A Solution to the U.S. Navy?s Training Problem

By Captain Deatra Thompson 2018-01-31 15:52:00

Recent collisions involving the USS John S. McCain and the USS Fitzgerald have revealed deeply concerning facts: the U.S. Navy has a training problem. As a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former Navy surface warfare officer and a current captain on a U.S.-flagged merchant vessel, I am concerned that electronic and simulation based training is now seen as an acceptable alternative to real world, at-sea experience.  It’s hard to believe, but many of the officers reporting on-board Navy...

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