There are two ongoing stories that demonstrate the risks run by those that go down to the sea in ships, even in peacetime.
HMCS Protecteur has suffered a fire in the engine room and has lost propulsion hundreds of miles off Hawaii. Twenty Canadian sailors were injured, luckily none seriously. But a fire at sea is a terrible threat, made worse in this case by the presence of some family members. The latter have been transferred at sea to USS Michael Murphy, a guided missile destroyer. Unfortunately the Murphy has been unable to take Protecteur under tow in the nasty sea conditions. It is hoped that a guided missile cruiser, USS Chosin, will be able to do so.
In another ocean and another navy, the Indian navy's submarine Sindhuratna had an accident at sea, during which two sailors were lost and seven injured were airlifted ashore. This deadly event comes only six months after another Russian-built Kilo-class boat exploded and sank while alongside, killing eighteen. The Indian naval chief has resigned.
Meanwhile, in the Crimea, Mr. Putin is putting the whole world's nerves on edge....