USS John S. McCain Leaves Philippines Aboard Heavy Lift Ship After Month-Long Detour

The U.S. Navy's guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain (DDG 56) departed Subic Bay, Philippines aboard the heavy lift vessel MV Treasure on Tuesday to continue its voyage to Fleet Activities Yokosuka in Japan. The USS John S. McCain was diverted to Subic Bay on October 22 amid poor weather conditions and to repair new cracks in the ship's hull discovered after the ship … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Rolls Out New Measures After Deadly Collisions

by Amy Sawitta Lefevre (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy has introduced new measures aimed at avoiding a repeat of two deadly crashes in the Asia Pacific region involving its warships and commercial vessels following a review of its practices, the Seventh Fleet commander said on Monday. Vice Admiral Phillip Sawyer’s comments come after a U.S. guided-missile destroyer was slightly … [Read more...]

The Navy’s Crash Course on Accountability -James Stavridis

By James Stavridis (Bloomberg View) -- In 1952, on a stormy night in the North Atlantic, the aircraft carrier USS Wasp cut the highly decorated World War II destroyer USS Hobson in two, with the loss of 176 sailors. Afterward, the accountability was swift and sure -- such is the tradition of the Navy. The Wall Street Journal responded with an editorial that is still … [Read more...]

US Navy Memo: Back-To-Basics OR Outdated-And-Ridiculous?

By Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) After reading the U.S. Naval orders for Back-to-Basics reforms and the USS Fitzgerald and USS McCain investigation reports along with expert analysis by naval experts I’ve known for years and trust implicitly… my mind is blank. The errors made aboard those Navy ships were so fundamental, so basic as to be unbelievable to a professional … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Orders Back-to-Basics Reforms After Deadly Collisions

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Nov 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy announced a series of systemic reforms on Thursday aimed at restoring basic naval skills and alertness at sea after a review of deadly ship collisions in the Asia-Pacific showed sailors were under-trained and over-worked. Seventeen sailors were killed this year in two collisions with commercial vessels involving … [Read more...]