Thus far, two key witnesses have sheeted the blame home squarely to the Ministry of Defence and the then Minister at the time of the ship's commissioning. These are the lad's parents here and the senior naval officer here - the Deputy Inspector General for Defence, no less
Two extracts are telling and both get to the heart of the Defense Minister's incompetence.
"It is my contention that our son died as a result of incompetence."
Mr Solomon also said the Government-commissioned Coles Report had said the programme to commission the HMNZS Canterbury "has been managed to get the ship into service as soon as possible, and it has been characterised by shortcomings in project management and governance and collective wishful thinking".
The ship was commissioned in June 2007 and the lad was killed in October of the same year.
Commander William Craig, the Deputy Inspector General for the Defence Force, who has 33 years' experience, told the inquest the Navy knew that the Canterbury was inadequate.
"Can I draw on the analogy if you buy a car it will have a warrant of fitness. It will also be built to various standards. In this case, some of those standards were lacking."
However, Commander Craig says there was significant pressure to deploy the ship, despite the fact 24 hazards had been identified.
Who was the Minister of Defence in charge of the Navy?
With what was he preoccupied in 2006 and 2007?
He was too busy helping his good friend Helen Clark work out how to steal a couple of million dollars from the taxpayer to fund their broken arsed party's election campaign. Far to busy to see to it that the troops lives are not put at unnecessary risk.