- Members of Congress commissioned the report on issues in the surface Navy
- Came in response to fire on ship in San Diego and two ship collisions in Pacific
- Retired Marine general and Navy admiral spoke with current and former officers
- They identified a number of disturbing trends in Navy leadership and training
- Many officers said that diversity training took precedence over warfighting
- They claimed combat readiness had become a ‘box-checking’ exercise
By Keith Griffith | 13 July 2021
DAILY MAIL — A scathing new report commissioned by members of Congress has claimed that the Navy’s surface warfare forces have systemic training and leadership issues, including a focus on diversity that overshadows basic readiness skills.
The report prepared by Marine Lt. Gen. Robert Schmidle and Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, both retired, came in response to recent Naval disasters, including the burning of the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego, two collisions involving Navy ships in the Pacific and the surrender of two small craft to Iran.
The authors conducted hour-long interviews with 77 current and retired Navy officers, offering them anonymity to identify issues they wouldn’t feel comfortable raising in the chain of command.
The report found that a staggering 94 percent of the subjects believed the recent Naval disasters were ‘part of a broader problem in Navy culture or leadership.’
‘I guarantee you every unit in the Navy is up to speed on their diversity training. I’m sorry that I can’t say the same of their ship handling training,’ said one recently retired senior enlisted leader. […]