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.

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