U.S. Navy orders 'pause' in operations after USS John McCain collision

Following a collision off Singapore Sunday of the warship USS John McCain with a Liberian-flagged oil tanker, the Navy's top admiral has ordered an "operational pause" to review safety procedures.
By Harry Marcolis | Aug 23, 2017
Following a collision off Singapore Sunday of the warship USS John McCain with a Liberian-flagged oil tanker, the Navy's top admiral has ordered an "operational pause" to review safety procedures.

The order came as a search continued in the Strait of Malacca for 10 missing sailors, according to NBC News.

The hull of the USS John McCain sustained significant damage and flooding inundated nearby compartments, including berths, communications rooms, and for machinery. Four sailors were in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and a fifth was hurt but did not need additional medical attention, a report by The Washington Post said.

"This is the second collision in three months and is the last in a series of incidents in the Pacific theater," said Admiral John Richardson, in a videotaped statement. "This trend demands more forceful action We need to get to the bottom of this, so let's get to it."

The collision was the fourth accident this year involving a Navy vessel in the Pacific and the second time a U.S. warship based at the 7th Fleet's home port of Yokosuka, Japan, was involved in a collision at sea, the NBC News report sad.

Richardson also ordered the leader of the Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia, Admiral Philip Davidson, to look into Navy training procedures and practices for operations in the Pacific and said the investigation will include "looking at operational tempo, trends in personnel, materiel, maintenance and equipment. It also will include a review of how we train and certify our surface warfare community, including tactical and navigational proficiency."

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