I am in touch with a dozen or so ex-Commanding Officers, some from same class DDG, and most with several underway command tours. Several Surface Warfare Admirals. All long retired. This new article has re-generated interest in the collision. These guys, all of whom have “been there, done that” had almost the exact same response, 100% consistent. 1) The article was, overall, very well done 2) The CO was 100% responsible/accountable 3) The article laid bare major problems in navy/DoD, and the budget. 4) But no one, above the Commanding Officer is responsible for the conduct and operation of his/her ship, or therefore the collision. These guys felt the article spread the blame throughout the chain of command rather than place it squarely on the shoulders of the CO. I was not a surface warfare CO. I was the Officer of the Deck for almost three years in those waters. This was the most intense environment, anywhere. I am dumbfound that when stuff was not working, or people weren’t communicating, there was not immediate corrective action, arising from “the culture” set by the CO.