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...]

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...]