Monday, 21 August 2017

US Navy orders worldwide 'operational pause' after collision



The US Navy has ordered a worldwide "operational pause" of its fleet after a destroyer collided with a tanker near Singapore, leaving 10 sailors missing.

 
Five other sailors were injured in the crash involving the guided missile destroyer USS John S McCain.


The US Navy has ordered a wide investigation into its Pacific fleet following Monday morning's incident.


It was the fourth crash involving a US Navy ship in the past two years and the second in the past two months.


Navy Adm John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said in a statement: "This trend demands more forceful action.
"As such, I have directed an operational pause be taken in all of our fleets around the world."


The USS John S McCain was sailing east of Singapore when the collision with the Liberian-flagged vessel occurred.


It was reported before dawn at 05:24 local time on Monday (21:24 GMT on Sunday) and took place east of the Strait of Singapore, as the American vessel went for a routine port stop in Singapore.


The destroyer sustained damage to her port side, which is the left-hand side of the vessel facing forward.





BBC      News.