Government Getting It Wrong – Again

One of the thing that perplexes me about the anti-rights cultists proposals is how often they call for the government to step up and take charge of everything.

President Obama’s call for the government to share more information regarding background checks really has me worried in light of this news report.

A digital chart used by the minesweeper Guardian to navigate Philippine waters misplaced the location of a reef by about eight nautical miles, and may have been a significant factor when the ship drove hard aground on the reef on Jan. 17.

The Guardian drove onto Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea around 2:25 a.m. on Jan. 17 (some sources cite a date of Jan. 16, since that was the date in Washington, D.C. when the incident occurred). The reef is about 80 miles east-southeast of Palawan Island.

Now, I know you may be wondering why a ship running aground is cause for concern; after all ships have been doing that for centuries, right?
Let’s look at a possible (highly probable) root cause of the incident.

The Digital Nautical Charts (DNC) used by the Guardian and most Navy ships are produced by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), a largely secret organization headquartered in Springfield,Va.

The DNC charts come in several versions. “General” and “coastal” versions are used in open areas such as the Sulu Sea, and “approach” and “harbor” versions are used for operating in and around harbors. According to an NGA memo sent to the Navy on Jan. 18, the error was in the coastal DNC, apparently in use on board the Guardian at the time of the grounding.

The general DNC and hardcopy charts show the reef’s location correctly, NGA said. (Emphasis mine – Bob)

This isn’t a case of communication being garbled between two different agencies. This is a government agency making a profound mistake — and it going undetected until now — on what should be a fundamental and routine element of their job !
It isn’t like the reef was wrong on every map in the world – they knew exactly were it was and still produced digital maps that got it wrong.

Does this give you confidence they will do any better if they are further involved with our 2nd Amendment rights?

One Response to this post.

  1. Posted by Cormac on 22.01.13 at 09:52

    It’s very similar to what happend to the USS San Francisco when they hit an underwater mountain…fast!

    3 or 4 charts (paper, in this case) all showed that spot. IIRC 2 of them listed the feature, 2 did not.

    We drew a box around it and marked it to be avoided.