Deadly Collision Caused By Series of Missteps, Investigation Finds
The August 2017 collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker that killed 10 U.S. sailors was caused by a sudden turn following a series of missteps, a Singapore government investigation has found.
The collision between the USS John S. McCain(JSM) and Alnic MC (AM) as they were transiting through the Singapore Strait happened because of a sudden turn to Port by JSM, which caused it to head into the path of AM, according to the report cited by Reuters.
The series of missteps described by the report increased the rate of the USS John McCains turn, which resulted in the crash.
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The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen with a hole on its portside after a collision with an oil tanker outside Changi Naval Base in Singapore on August 21, 2017. ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images
The destroyer was named after the father and grandfather of Arizona's GOP Senator John S. McCain, both of whom were U.S. Navy admirals. The ship sustained major damage in the collision with the 600-foot tanker. The 10 sailors died when compartments below the water line flooded as water rushed through the breached hull.
The agency noted that the report should not be used to assign blame or determine liability, but its findings do nothing to vindicate the commanders of the U.S. Navys Seventh Fleet.
The crash was one of two deadly events involving the fleet last year. Two months before, the USS John S. McCains sister shipthe USS Fitzgeraldalm....