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I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision


WTAF - split throttles,

It's normal on a warship. Two propellers pushing at different speed turn the ship quickly making her more reactive in action. Turning with the rudder requires a lot more time.

The issue here seems to be that the helmsman(*) inadvertently activated a function meant to be used in combat, although the article doesn't explain why they were passing so close to the tanker and other details.

* Is the helmsman also controlling the speed?

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