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...]

After Deadly Collisions, U.S. Navy Refocuses on Leadership

By Idrees Ali NEWPORT, R.I., April 10 (Reuters) - After a pair of crashes involving U.S. Navy ships in the Asia-Pacific killed more than a dozen people last year, the Navy's efforts to develop its leaders is receiving renewed attention. Last week, the Navy inaugurated the College of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island. Seventeen sailors … [Read more...]

Stricken Destroyer USS Fitzgerald Arrives in U.S. for Repairs

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald arrived into Pascagoula, Mississippi on Friday where it will undergo repairs following its collision with a containership off the coast of Japan last June. The vessel arrived aboard the heavy lift vessel MV Transhelf following a nearly 6-week voyage from Yokosuka, Japan via the Expanded Panama Canal. MV … [Read more...]

Former U.S. Navy Commanding Officers Face Negligent Homicide Charges Over Ship Collisions

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The commanding officers of two U.S. Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions last year in the Pacific Ocean face courts-martial and military criminal charges including negligent homicide, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Tuesday. Filing charges against the officers marks the Navy's latest effort to address the problems that led to … [Read more...]

Damaged USS Fitzgerald Departs Japan Aboard Heavy Lift Vessel

The U.S. Navy's guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) departed its anchorage in Yokosuka Harbor, Japan over the weekend for its voyage back to the United States aboard  Dockwise's heavy lift vessel MV Transshelf.  Transshelf is transporting Fitzgerald to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard Pascagoula, Mississippi, where the Arleigh Burke-class … [Read more...]