Balance is also achieved by a consistent emphasis on safety. We have made impressive progress in aviation safety since the 1950s, but in the last few years we have reached a plateau. The incalculable cost of the loss of a shipmate and the staggering cost of the destruction of hardware demand a fresh approach to reducing the mishap rate. Ultimately, our goal is to continue to drive mishap rates toward zero while preserving, or even enhancing, our warfighting readiness.

The tenets of our safety policy include:



There are several systems that will allow us to improve Naval Aviation safety.