'Complacency' Faulted in US Nuke Sub Crash

'Weak' command, lax standards prevailed aboard USS Hartford
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2009 10:00 PM CST
The USS Hartford in Bahrain on March 21, 2009, after the collision.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – US Navy investigators are pinning blame for the March collision between a nuclear-powered submarine and another Navy ship on lax atmosphere and “weak” command aboard the USS Hartford, where sailors slept while they were supposed to be on watch, and the radio room was rigged up with music speakers. The report on the Persian Gulf incident, obtained by Navy Times, deems the wreck completely “avoidable” and assigns blame entirely to the sub.
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