USS Fitzgerald Refloated at Ingalls Shipyard

The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) has been relaunched and is now moored pier-side at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The undocking milestone is the latest step in returning the destroyer to service following its collision with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan in 2017 that claimed the lives of seven Navy sailors. Since the ship's … [Read more...]

ProPublica: How the Navy’s Top Commander Botched the Highest-Profile Investigation in Years

This article is part of a series originally published by ProPublica titled "The Navy's Disaster in the Pacific: Death and Neglect in 7th Fleet", exploring the collisions involving the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain.   By T. Christian Miller and Robert Faturechi, ProPublica WASHINGTON — Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Pollio could not believe what she was hearing … [Read more...]

Top US Navy Admiral Says “None Of The Promised Reforms Are Complete”

by Robert Faturechi and T. Christian Miller (ProPublica) Sen. Angus King wanted some straight answers. At a Feb. 12 hearing of a panel of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he expressed alarm over recent revelations concerning two deadly collisions of Navy ships in the Pacific in 2017. King, a Maine independent, declared the accidents avoidable and questioned the Navy’s … [Read more...]

USS Fitzgerald: A Warship Doomed By Its Own Navy

By T. Christian Miller, Megan Rose and Robert Faturechi (ProPublica) A little after 1:30 a.m. on June 17, 2017, Alexander Vaughan tumbled from his bunk onto the floor of his sleeping quarters on board the Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald. The shock of cold, salty water snapped him awake. He struggled to his feet and felt a torrent rushing past his thighs. Around him, sailors … [Read more...]

Former USS Fitzgerald Commanding Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Charges

The former Commanding Officer of the USS Fitzgerald pleaded not guilty to charges related to last year's collision of the U.S. Navy destroyer with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan. Cmdr. Bryce Benson is now set to face a general court-martial on charges of negligence and hazarding a vessel, reports USNI News. The trial has been set for January 28, 2019. Seven U.S. … [Read more...]