Smacking into civilian ships has become a growing problem for the US Navy, especially in the Pacific Ocean. This could be leading to homicide charges for a pair of ship commanders involved in such incidents, according to the Navy.
The US Navy’s statement says that the commanding officer of the USS John S McCain and the commanding officer of the USS Fitzgerald, two guided missile destroyers, are each facing court-martials, with charges including dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel, and negligent homicide. Three other Fitzgerald officers are also facing charges.
The USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship in June, with seven sailors killed. The USS John S McCain hit an oil tanker, killing 10 of the crew and doing an estimated $230 million in damage to the ship.
The incidents raised major concerns about US fleet readiness, with evidence that the vast majority of US ships engaged in active operations do not have a sufficiently trained crew and are often being put out on far more missions than they’d normally be able to handle.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- After CNN Report, Facebook Censors Pages With Claimed Links to Russia - February 18th, 2019
- US, EU, and Kurds at Odds Over ISIS Prisoners in Syria - February 18th, 2019
- Syrian Kurdish Commander Wants US to Halt Pullout, Keep 1,500 Troops in Syria - February 18th, 2019
- Venezuela, Richard Branson Plan Dueling Concerts Along Colombian Border - February 18th, 2019
- Trump: Venezuelan Military Members Must Abandon Maduro or 'Lose Everything' - February 18th, 2019