Navy Safety Command will use surprise inspections, stand down authority to prevent future accidents

In recent years, the Navy struggled with a handful of accidents that led to the death of sailors and damage to expensive warships.The collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a commercial ship in 2017, which killed 17, was an alarm bell for the Navy. Since then, after multiple reviews and Congressional investigations, the Navy is changing its approach to safety and in March elevated its Navy Safety Center to the 2-star-led Navy Safety Command.