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Pacific Ocean, Aug 2020: A Naval Aircrewman and Aviation Electrician’s Mate assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, participate in a search-and-rescue (SAR) training during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020. (Navy photo by MCS 3rd Class Madysson Anne Ritter)

The newly established Naval Safety Command will do much of the same work it did before when it was known as the Naval Safety Center, its commander believes. The difference is one of emphasis, Rear Adm. F.R. “Lucky” Luchtman told an audience at the Navy League Sea-Air-Space exposition at National Harbor, Maryland, earlier this month.

As a command-level entity, the work Luchtman’s command does will be delivered directly to the chief of naval operations.

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“It’s a refocus of our current missions,” Luchtman told the audience. “We want to get after leading indicators and become the regulation authority that can evaluate the effectiveness of the safety management system as a whole.”

The new command will still retain its investigations branch, which Luchtman characterized as “world class.” Inspectors there still will work to determine the root causes of mishaps that occur at sea, on land or in the air, he said.

Likewise, the command’s data-analytics and safety promotions teams will continue to issue materials to the fleet that emphasize safety awareness.

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