[Updated with a direct link to the video of the testimony instead of taking you to the web page where the video could be found.]
Yesterday Superintendent Helis and Acting Maritime Administrator Szabat gave testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security. A direct link to video of the testimony is available here.
Helis’ prepared testimony can be directly accessed here.
Szabat’s prepared testimony can be directly accessed here.
Hope to post analysis later, but clients call . . . I specifically plan to address this statement by Szabat:
“Collectively, the companies that have been approved, or are applying, represent 84 percent of the commercial Sea Year training provided before the suspension.”
Suffice it to say for now that the 84 percent number is a red herring. The actual number of billets presently available to KP midshipmen for sea year remains unacceptably low and does not come close to approaching 84 percent.