* A fleet survey revealed overwhelming opposition to the cutting-edge displays
* Sailors may not be receiving sufficient training to use the complex interfaces
* Throttle control confusion led to the McCain turning into another ship’s path
* Physical throttles will be installed in all guided missile destroyers from next year
The US Navy plans to install mechanical throttles in their guided missile destroyers after touchscreen controls were met with overwhelming criticism from the fleet.
The complex interfaces — coupled with poor training — contributed to the collision between the U.S.S. John S. McCain and the oil tanker Alnic MC in August 2017.
Sailors at the navy destroyer’s helm lost control of the ship, which sailed into the path of the tanker. The subsequent collision led to 10 fatalities and 58 injured.
The navy reported that the incident, off of the Singapore coast, flooded a number of compartments, ‘including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms.’
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US Navy to ditch touch screen ship controls — BBC
The US Navy says no to touchscreens—maybe automakers should, too — Ars Technica
After a Deadly Collision, the Navy Is Ditching Complex Digital Warship Controls — Popular Mechanics
Navy switching out touchscreen for manual controls for destroyers after USS John McCain collision — War Is Boring
The US Navy will replace its touchscreen controls with mechanical ones on its destroyers — Verge
US Navy will scrap touchscreen controls on its destroyers — Endgadget