A survey of the crew of the destroyer USS John S McCain gave the vessel poor marks a year before she collided with tanker Alnic MC UPI has reported. The internal survey showed general dissatisfaction with conditions on board. Nearly 80% of the 140 sailors surveyed said that that they felt mentally worn out, while more than 50% said that they were physically or emotionally worn out.
The US Navy has promised to change watch rotations in order to address fatigue, and it has recently mandated at least seven hours of sleep in each 24-hour period.
About half of sailors surveyed on the McCain gave good marks to their leaders, but more than half (55%) said that the vessels’ crewmembers did not always trust each other. About a third said that they did not like their jobs.