ANOTHER NAVY DESTROYER RAMMED AT SEA BY
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What the hell is going on here?
If you were a Las Vegas odds maker, what kind of bets would you have gotten if you took wagers on another USS Fitzgerald tragedy taking place in less than two months, the same type of warship, the same type of collision with an ocean-going merchant vessel and virtually same death toll?
Yet it happened. And ten sailors from the McCain are missing (and can be presumed dead). The Fitzgerald (see related stories box below) was similarly rammed and heavily damaged. Berthing areas aboard both tin cans were crushed, flooding the compartments with sea water.
The Navy says five crew members on the McCain were injured, but no word on whether or not the skipper of the Aegis-class guided missile destroyer was in his cabin at the time of impact, like in the case of sister ship Fitzgerald.
DISASTER TIME AT SEVENTH FLEET
After a disaster like this happening, it is an absolute nightmare for the Navy brass to have to investigate what has to be an incredible coincidence, if it is that at all. Heads will roll, just like on the Fitzgerald, when the captain, XO and other crewmembers were fired.
The Straits of Malacca near Singapore, where the latest collision occurred, is a heavily-traveled area, but with all the radar and extensive detection equipment on board the USS McCain, to say nothing of actual lookouts and the duty officer on the bridge, it boggles the mind to think that an American warship can be rammed again in such a manner.
Few details have been released so far, however, we do know that the incident took place around 0530 hours local time. That means there would have been some degree of visibility, no matter how minor, even at that early hour. So how does a destroyer get rammed by a merchant ship without any warning or ability to undertake evasive action?
With the ongoing scandal of the "Fat Leonard" bribery case in the headlines, and now this, we can't recall the U.S. Navy in a worse crisis since the days of the Vietnam war.
|WAS USS FITZGERALD RAMMED IN A DELIBERATE
TERRORIST INCIDENT? - NHK TOKYO REPORTING
CIVILIAN CONTAINER SHIP ACX CRYSTAL MADE
SUDDEN COURSE CHANGES PRIOR TO IMPACT WITH
7TH FLEET WARSHIP - ANOTHER REPORT SAYS
29.000 TON PHILIPPINE-REGISTERED VESSEL HAD
RUNNING LIGHTS AND TRANSPONDER OFF JUST
BEFORE T-BONING DESTROYER - SEVEN SAILORS
KILLED WHEN SLEEPING BERTHS CRUSHED AND
FLOODED BY SEA WATER AFTER COLLISION
REPORT USS FITZGERALD FAILED TO RESPOND
|PRELIMINARY REPORT INDICATES FITZGERALD
TO BLAME FOR DEADLY COLLISION AT SEA IN JUNE
"MULTIPLE ERRORS BY CREW" CITED IN AS YET
UNRELEASED NAVY INVESTIGATION - WHY WAS
SKIPPER ASLEEP IN HIS QUARTERS DURING TIME
HIS DESTROYER TRAVELING IN HIGH-TRAFFIC
AREA? - HOW COME BOTH BRIDGE AND C.I.C. DID
NOT WAKE CAPTAIN - TAKE EVASIVE ACTION?