US Navy to launch fleet-wide probe after USS John McCain collision; see pics
The US Navy said a fleet-wide probe after after USS John McCain collision and plans for temporary halts in operations to focus on safety, as it searched for 10 sailors missing after the fourth major accident in the US Pacific fleet this year. The guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC collided on August 21 while the warship was nearing Singapore for a routine port call. The collision tore a hole in the warship’s waterline, flooding compartments that included a crew sleeping area. On June 17, the John S. McCain’s sister ship, the Fitzgerald, almost sank off the coast of Japan after colliding with a Philippine container ship.
The US Navy said significant damage to the John S. McCain’s hull caused flooding to berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. But the crew was able to stop the flooding, and the ship reached Singapore’s Changi Naval Base under its own power.
This year, US Navy ships have been in at least four accidents in the Pacific. Take a look
USS John S. McCain
Damage to the portside is visible as the Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) steers towards Changi naval base in Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC. (AP/PTI Photo)
On June 17, the John S. McCain’s sister ship, the Fitzgerald, almost sank off the coast of Japan after colliding with a Philippine container ship. Poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch contributed to a collision between the Navy destroyer and a commercial container ship that killed seven sailors, Navy officials said, announcing that the warship captain will be relieved of command and more than a dozen other sailors will be punished. (AP Photo)
USS Lake Champlain
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) anchored off the southern coast of California. On May 9, 2017, a South Korean fishing boat collided with the USS Lake Champlain guided-missile cruiser off the Korean Peninsula. (AP Photo)
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) sails in the South China Sea. On January 31, 2017, the USS Antietam ran aground while it was anchoring near Yokosuka base, the home port of the US Navy‚ Äôs Japan-based 7th Fleet. (AP Photo)