SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A U.S. guided missile destroyer’s lethal collision with an oil tanker close to Singapore in 2017 was brought on by “a sudden flip” made by the warship that put it within the path of the industrial vessel, stated a report by the Singapore authorities on Thursday.
The collision on Aug. 21, which killed 10 sailors and was certainly one of a handful of incidents within the Asia Pacific area involving U.S. Navy warships, raised questions on Navy coaching and led to the removing of numerous officers.
“The collision between the usJohn S McCain (JSM) and Alnic MC (AM) as they had been transiting by means of the Singapore Strait occurred due to a sudden flip to Port by JSM, which precipitated it to move into the trail of AM,” the report stated.
The sudden flip was as a result of “a sequence of missteps” that came about on the management of the John S. McCain that unintentionally elevated the speed of the vessel’s flip, the report by the Transport Security Investigation Bureau stated.
The company is the air and marine accident investigative arm of the Singapore authorities. It stated its report “shouldn’t be used to assign blame or decide legal responsibility”.
The John S McCain’s sister ship, guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, virtually sank off the coast of Japan in June final 12 months after colliding with a Philippine container ship. The our bodies of seven U.S. sailors had been recovered after that incident.
The U.S. Navy subsequently introduced a sequence of systemic reforms aimed toward restoring primary naval expertise and application at sea after a evaluate of lethal ship collisions within the Asia-Pacific confirmed sailors had been under-trained and over-worked.
(Reporting by Jack Kim; Enhancing by Michael Perry)