The grounding resulted from an accumulation of unit-level errors and omissions that fell far below U.S. Navy standards.
PEARL HARBOR — The U.S. Navy has released the command investigation into the USS Connecticut (SSN 22) grounding that occurred on October 2, 2021. USS Connecticut grounded on an uncharted seamount while operating submerged in a poorly surveyed area in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region. The investigation determined the grounding was preventable. Specifically, the grounding resulted from an accumulation of unit-level errors and omissions in navigation planning; watch team execution; and risk management – all of which fell far below U.S. Navy standards.
The investigation and endorsements describes what happened, promulgates lessons learned, memorializes completed corrective actions, documents accountability actions, and delineates pending actions that must be finalized with a sense of urgency. In addition to addressing the unit-level errors that caused the grounding, the investigation highlighted specific areas for improvement in the deployment training and certification process – and the Navy is urgently implementing these improvements across the Submarine Force. This investigation delineates 28 corrective actions, of which 14 actions are complete, 13 actions are in progress, and 1 action is enduring.
In implementing these significant improvements, the Navy will become a more effective fighting force. Given the inherently dangerous nature of Naval operations, we cannot become a risk-averse or zero-defect organization, but prioritizing safety will engender a culture of greater attention to detail in operational tasks, enhanced procedural compliance, and a questioning attitude that constantly seeks improvement – which increases the readiness of our forces and the Navy’s lethality in combat.
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RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the 2022 USS CONSTITUTION CPO Heritage Weeks
Training. USS CONSTITUTION, located in Boston, Massachusetts, will host
Fiscal Year 2023 CPO Selectees on 19-23 September (Week 1) and 26-30
September (Week 2) 2022.
2. CPO Selectees will work aboard "Old Ironsides" where they will be immersed
in more than 220 years of naval heritage while learning about the art of
sailing, construction of the ship, and handling of 19th century guns. The
training will culminate in bringing USS CONSTITUTION alive and getting
3. USS CONSTITUTION will host 120 CPO Selectees and 27 mentors each week.
Mentors shall be seasoned Chief and Senior Chief Petty Officers. All
nominations will be provided via each respective Fleet or Force Master Chief.
Coordinators for the Fleet or Force Master Chiefs will provide all
nominations to the OPNAV Coordinator listed in this message, with the
following subject line "MENTOR NOMINATION (WEEK #)" or "SELECTEE NOMINATION
(WEEK #)." Mentor nominations are due by close of business 15 June 2022.
Reserve and Active CPO Selectee nominations are due one week following the
release of the respective selection board results. All quotas and staffing
are coordinated through the OPNAV coordinator and coordinators for the
respective Fleet or Force Master Chiefs; individual Command Master Chiefs and
CPOs shall not contact USS CONSTITUTION or OPNAV Coordinator for nominations
or available billets.
4. Attendee costs for this OPNAV-authorized, mission essential training event
are to be authorized from attendee unit training funds. Unit Commanding
Officers shall determine whether CPO/CPO Selectees assigned to their unit
should attend, taking into account the availability of unit training funds.
5. Logistical information such as travel recommendations and uniform
requirements will be emailed to all participants once their attendance has
6. Released by Mr. Andrew S. Haeuptle, Director, Navy Staff.//
I'm sorry to hear that bro. You can certainly try. However, unfortunately I'm not sure if they are accepting via DoD safe anymore (or past the due date). You could also try the email address listed on the boards page. Nothing to lose by trying.