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Five years later: Inside the Navy’s data-driven quest to avert a future Fitzgerald or McCain collision

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WASHINGTON — For the last five years, Bud Couch has been on a quest to make the surface navy safer.

As the director of operational safety at Naval Surface Force Pacific, Couch helped generate 117 recommendations after two U.S. Navy destroyers were involved in separate fatal collisions in summer 2017. But that wasn’t enough.

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