Ehime Maru and USS Greeneville collision
USS Greeneville collided with Japanese-fishery high-school training ship Ehime Maru on 9 February 2001. The captain of the submarine, Commander Scott Waddle, was forced to retire and given an honorable discharge after facing a Naval Board of Inquiry. The U.S. Navy changed its policy on civilian visits on its nuclear submarines after the accident and now allows civilians to ride on nuclear submarines.
About Ehime Maru and USS Greeneville collision in brief
USS Greeneville collided with Japanese-fishery high-school training ship Ehime Maru on 9 February 2001. Nine of the thirty-five people on board were killed. The accident renewed calls by many in Japan for the United States to make more effort in reducing crimes and accidents involving U.S. military personnel. In response to the accident, the USN changed its policies regarding civilian visits to its ships. The captain of the submarine, Commander Scott Waddle, was forced to retire and given an honorable discharge after facing a Naval Board of Inquiry. The ship was raised from the ocean floor in October 2001 and moved to shallow water closer to Oahu. The remains of eight of the nine victims were then moved back out to sea and scuttled in deep water. The USN compensated the government of Ehime Prefecture, EhimeMaru’s survivors, and victims’ family members for the accident. The submarine’s sonar monitor, located in the submarine’s periscope, displayed information from the sub’s control room that showed that the ship’s Signal Display Unit was inoperative. The sub’s captain was informed that the sonar monitors were inoperative, and that the sub would have to make an emergency call to the surface to save the life of the crew members on board the fishing trawler. In the aftermath of the collision, the U.N. conducted a public court of inquiry, placed blame on Waddle and other members of Greenevilles’s crew, and dealt non-judicial punishment or administrative disciplinary action to the captain and some crew members.
The U. S. Navy changed its policy on civilian visits on its nuclear submarines after the accident and now allows civilians to ride on nuclear submarines. The program took civilians, members of Congress, journalists, and other \”opinion makers\” for rides onnuclear submarines to demonstrate the submarines’ capabilities; its goal was to demonstrate to the public the need to maintain a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines. It had previously participated in several DVE missions, carrying notable civilians such as Tipper Gore and James Cameron. The mission was originally arranged by Rear Admiral Richard Mackeber, Chief of Staff of the United. States Pacific Fleet, abbreviated as COMSPAC. Accompanying the civilians on the DVVE mission was Captain C. Robert Lhuber, the commander of the Navy’s Pacific Fleet,. The mission had originally been arranged by Chief C. C. Konetz, the chief of Staff for Rear Admiral Albert H. Konni, Jr., abbreviated as COMSUBPAC. The DVVE program was considered a rising star in the Navy at the time and had led several several DVPs through several Dve trips through the time of the S.C.A.E.R. mission. The DVE program is now called the Distinguished Visitor Embarkation program (DVE) and is being expanded to include a number of civilian VIPs.