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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

"Navy crews at fault in fatal collisions, investigations find" - Defense News Reports

David Larter at Defense News reports Navy crews at fault in fatal collisions, investigations find
Two accidents that claimed the lives of 17 sailors and wounded dozens more resulted from complete breakdowns in standard Navy procedures and poor decision making by officers and sailors on the bridge of the two warships, according to a Navy report obtained by Defense News.

The Navy plans to release on Wednesday its first official report on the specific causes of the two unrelated collisions this summer when both the destroyers Fitzgerald and John S. McCain struck commercial vessels in crowded sea lanes in the Pacific.

The report reveals that both collisions came after critical failures of officers and sailors on the bridge and raise troubling questions about the basic proficiency of the Japan-based 7th Fleet and the surface Navy as a whole.
Read the article to catch the mulitple failures.

Update: USNI News has the

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