NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The U.S. Submarine Force announced Jan. 11, that it will conduct an Operational Stand Down in the wake of recent submarine incidents. In a message to the submarine force, Vice Adm. Chuck Munns, U.S. Submarine Force commander, directed the immediate "stand down" to focus energy and intellect on the basics of submarine operations.
Submarines provide continued excellence in the accomplishment of national and theater tasking, but recent problems in routine operations need attention.
"It is clear that a common thread through recent problems has been errors [when] conducting normal routine operations," stated Vice Adm. Munns. "We are going back to basics, back to practice."
Munns directed that, effective immediately, all submarine commanding officers review recently completed operations and future planned evolutions, and evaluate areas of risk and risk mitigation.
Normal operations will continue while the review is conducted. The review will be completed by Jan. 19.
Additionally, during the month of February, submarine squadron and group commanders will review inputs from the force's submarines and implement actions to improve routine efficiency. The submarine force will also take additional actions to incorporate findings from the stand down and better prepare commanding officers with tools and techniques that foster good judgment, technical, and mariner skills.
"I am fortunate to have assigned the best people America can produce-they are well trained, they have the best equipment in the world," stated Vice Adm. Munns. "This operational focus, 'stand down', will continue our success in national tasking and also improve our daily operations."
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