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navy leaders vow reforms in wake of ship crashes that killed 17 sailors in 2017


navy leaders vow changes, accountability following collisions that killed 17 sailors        






us navy holds memorial service for 7 sailors killed in crash


tokyo — the u.s. navy has paid tribute to the seven sailors killed when their warship collided with a merchant ship off japan.the japan-based 7th fleet says more than 2,000 sailors and their families attended tuesday's ceremony in yokosuka, south of tokyo. they lined the streets waving flags in memory of the seven sailors who died.the uss fitzgerald and a philippine-flagged container ship collided in the waters off yokosuka in the pre-dawn hours of june 17. severe damage to the destroyer's right side and bottom flooded the berths of 116 sailors. navy divers found the bodies of the seven in the ship after it returned to yokosuka.the navy is investigating what went wrong with the warship, while japanese authorities are investigating the container ship and its crew members.






us navy holds memorial service for 7 sailors killed in crash


tokyo (ap) — the u.s. navy has paid tribute to the seven sailors killed when their warship collided with a merchant ship off japan.the japan-based 7th fleet says more than 2,000 sailors and their families attended tuesday’s ceremony in yokosuka, south of tokyo. they lined the streets waving flags in memory of the seven sailors who died.the uss fitzgerald and a philippine-flagged container ship collided in the waters off yokosuka in the pre-dawn hours of june 17. severe damage to the destroyer’s right side and bottom flooded the berths of 116 sailors. navy divers found the bodies of the seven in the ship after it returned to yokosuka.the navy is investigating what went wrong with the warship, while japanese authorities are investigating the container ship and its crew members.most read stor






navy ship collisions prompt rare criminal charges


washington — the navy's decision to charge five officers with negligent homicide for their involvement in two fatal ship crashes marks a rare legal move that, if proven, could send them to jail for up to three years.u.s. navy officials and other experts struggled wednesday to identify other naval accidents in recent history that triggered such a serious criminal charge, and couldn't point to a case that led to a negligent homicide conviction.the significant loss of life in the two collisions paved the way for the severe charges made public tuesday. the uss fitzgerald struck a commercial ship off the waters of japan, killing seven u.s. sailors. the uss john s. mccain collided with an oil tanker near singapore, killing 10 u.s. sailors.






more navy officers fired for collisions at sea that killed 17 u.s. sailors


two senior navy officers were fired monday due to a “loss of confidence in their ability to command” after two collisions with civilian ships in the western pacific killed 17 sailors at sea, the pentagon said.rear adm. charles williams, commander of the warships on patrol in the asia-pacific region, and capt. jeffrey bennett, commander of guided missile destroyers in the region, were the latest leaders removed since the navy launched an investigation last month into the deadly accidents.defense secretary james n. mattis told reporters at the pentagon he was confident in how the navy was examining the mistakes that have shaken the military and political leadership. in all, four u.s. warships had collisions or ran aground in the pacific this year. the navy has “a tradition of holding officer






navy filing homicide charges against 2 ship commanders


five officers involved in two navy ship collisions last year that killed a total of 17 sailors are being charged with negligent homicide, the navy said tuesday.a navy spokesman, capt. greg hicks, said the charges, which also include dereliction of duty and endangering a ship, will be presented to what the military calls an article 32 hearing to determine whether the accused are taken to trial in a court-martial.the disciplinary actions were decided by adm. frank caldwell and are the latest in a series of moves the navy has made in the aftermath of the deadly collisions, which investigators concluded were avoidable. it fired several top leaders, including the commander of the 7th fleet, vice adm. joseph aucoin, and several other senior commanders in the pacific.the navy has been reeling fro






us navy holds memorial service for 7 sailors killed in crash


tokyo — the u.s. navy paid tribute on tuesday to seven sailors who were killed when their destroyer collided with a merchant ship off japan.the japan-based 7th fleet said more than 2,000 sailors and their families attended the ceremony in yokosuka, south of tokyo. they lined the streets waving flags in memory of the victims.the uss fitzgerald, carrying nearly 300 crewmembers, and philippine-flagged container ship acx crystal collided in waters off yokosuka in the pre-dawn hours of june 17. severe damage to the right side and bottom of the guided-missile destroyer flooded the berths of 116 sailors. navy divers found the bodies of the seven in the ship after it returned to yokosuka.the container ship has left yokohama, where it was investigated by japanese authorities, for repairs of its dam






us navy holds memorial service for 7 sailors killed in crash


tokyo — the u.s. navy paid tribute on tuesday to seven sailors who were killed when their destroyer collided with a merchant ship off japan.the japan-based 7th fleet said more than 2,000 sailors and their families attended the ceremony in yokosuka, south of tokyo. they lined the streets waving flags in memory of the victims.the uss fitzgerald, carrying nearly 300 crewmembers, and philippine-flagged container ship acx crystal collided in waters off yokosuka in the pre-dawn hours of june 17. severe damage to the right side and bottom of the guided-missile destroyer flooded the berths of 116 sailors. navy divers found the bodies of the seven in the ship after it returned to yokosuka.the container ship has left yokohama, where it was investigated by japanese authorities, for repairs of its dam






search on for 7 navy crew after ship damaged in collision


yokosuka, japan — the u.s. navy says sailors from the destroyer uss dewey are helping crew stabilize the damaged uss fitzgerald after it collided with a container ship off the coast of japan before dawn saturday, leaving seven sailors missing.family members are frantically seeking news as the ship slowly headed toward its home base at yokosuka, south of tokyo. at least three crew members including the commander have been injured.japanese coast guard spokesman yoshihito nakamura says rescuers are searching for the seven sailors thought to have been thrown into the sea or possibly trapped inside damaged sections of the destroyer. no one on the container ship has been reported injured.the navy's 7th fleet says flooding is stabilized and sailors from the dewey came aboard to help with damage c






navy: uss john mccain collides with ship near singapore; 10 missing


singapore - a u.s. navy guided-missile destroyer collided with a tanker early monday in waters east of singapore and the straits of malacca, and at least 10 sailors are missing.the navy said five others were hurt.most popular world storiesthe uss john s. mccain sustained damage on its port side aft, or left rear, from the collision with the alnic mc that happened at 5:24 a.m., the navy's 7th fleet said.it is the second collision involving a ship from the navy's 7th fleet in the pacific in two months. seven sailors died in june when the uss fitzgerald and a container ship hit each other in waters off japan.the fitzgerald's captain was relieved of command and other sailors were being punished after the navy found poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch contributed to the collision, the na






navy recommends sweeping changes after ship collisions


u.s. navy leaders are recommending a sweeping list of changes in sailor training, crew requirements and safety procedures to address systemic problems across the pacific fleet that led to two deadly ship collisions earlier this year, killing 17 sailors.a report scheduled to be released thursday calls for about 60 recommended improvements that range from improved training on seamanship, navigation and the use of ship equipment to more basic changes to increase sleep and stress management for sailors.the associated press obtained a copy of the report ahead of its release. another navy report released wednesday concluded that three collisions and a ship grounding this year were all avoidable. it says they resulted from widespread failures by the crews and commanders who didn't recognize and r






10 sailors missing after u.s. navy destroyer, merchant ship collide


washington—ten american sailors were missing and five were injured after the guided-missile destroyer uss john s. mccain collided with a merchant vessel near the straits of malacca and singapore, u.s. navy officials said, making it the second destroyer accident in just over two months. the navy said search-and-rescue efforts are under way. officials with the navy’s seventh fleet said the ship collided with the merchant...






u.s. navy to file negligent homicide charges in two asia ship collisions


washington—the commanders of the two u.s. guided-missile destroyers involved in collisions that killed 17 sailors in asia last year will be court-martialed on charges including negligent homicide, the navy said tuesday.in total, the navy is filing criminal charges against six sailors, officials said. another eight will face nonjudicial punishment, a navy official said, which could include reductions in rank and pay loss. the...






us navy destroyer and merchant ship collide near singapore


singapore — a u.s. navy guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship early monday in waters east of singapore and the straits of malacca, and search and rescue efforts were underway.there were no initial reports of injuries.the uss john s. mccain sustained damage on its port side aft, or left rear, from the collision with the alnic mc that happened at 5:24 a.m., the navy's 7th fleet said.it is the second collision involving a ship from the navy's 7th fleet in the pacific in two months. seven sailors died in june when the uss fitzgerald and a container ship hit each other in waters off japan.the fitzgerald's captain was relieved of command and other sailors would be punished after the navy found poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch contributed to the collision, the navy anno






u.s. navy holds memorial for sailors killed in ship crash in japan


the japan-based 7th fleet says more than 2,000 sailors and their families attended the ceremony.        






navy: 2 sailors to blame for trash washing up on beaches


virginia beach, va. — the u.s. navy says two virginia-based sailors threw compacted trash off their ship.wavy-tv reports (http://bit.ly/2rkhjm0) the trash discs had been on the uss whidbey island. the landing dock ship is based at joint expeditionary base little creek-fort story in virginia beach.the navy compresses plastic waste into discs for easy storage until ships reach port. the discs were found last month washed up on beaches on north carolina's outer banks. one resident told wavy she collected 17 discs in kill devil hills.the navy says marking on the discs confirmed they came from the ship. so far 19 discs have been recovered. it's estimated that up to 60 were thrown overboard.throwing trash overboard violates navy policy and environmental regulations. the navy says appropriate act






stories of u.s. sailors killed in destroyer-container ship collision


among the seven u.s. navy sailors who died in the saturday collision between the uss fitzgerald and a philippine-flagged container ship off japan were an ohio man expecting to retire soon, a maryland man who was his father's best friend, and a former volunteer firefighter in his virginia hometown. there are at least four investigations underway -- three by u.s. authorities and one by japanese officials. it remains unclear as to how a cargo ship was able to get so close to a u.s. navy destroyer. the uss fitzgerald's commander says the actions of roughly 300 sailors on board kept it from sinking. cbs radio military analyst, mike lyons, says the collision could have been caused by a language barrier, equipment failure or human error. "whoever was on the bridge was likely inexperienced and did






navy: virginia sailors threw giant saucers of garbage off ship


virginia beach, va. -- the u.s. navy says two virginia-based sailors threw compacted trash off their ship. cbs affiliate wusa-tv reports the table-top sized trash discs had been on the uss whidbey island. the landing dock ship is based at joint expeditionary base little creek-fort story in virginia beach. the navy compresses plastic waste into discs for easy storage until ships reach port. the discs were found last month washed up on beaches on north carolina's outer banks. one resident said she collected 17 discs in kill devil hills. the navy says marking on the discs confirmed they came from the ship. so far 19 discs have been recovered. it's estimated that up to 60 were thrown overboard. ships are not supposed to dump plastic into the ocean. in fact, throwing trash overboard violates na






ten sailors missing from us warship after collision | singapore news


a us navy guided-missile destroyer collided with a tanker early on monday in waters east of singapore and the straits of malacca, and at least 10 sailors are missing.the navy said five others were hurt.the uss john s mccain sustained damage on its port side aft, or left rear, from the collision with the alnic mc that happened at 5:24 am (21:24 gmt), the navy's seventh fleet said.tug boats as well as republic of singapore navy patrol ships and helicopters are assisting in search and rescue efforts, said the us navy.the japan-based seventh fleet said the mccain was heading to singapore for a routine port visit.the ship is based at the fleet's homeport of yokosuka, japan. it was commissioned in 1994 and has a crew of 23 officers, 24 chief petty officers and 291 enlisted sailors, according to






the latest: aircraft, vessels search for missing us sailors


yokosuka, japan — the latest on a u.s. navy ship collision (all times local):4:30 a.m.aircraft and vessels are searching for seven missing american sailors in the sea off japan after a pre-dawn collision between a navy destroyer and a huge cargo ship.investigators now face trying to determine how a sophisticated u.s. warship collided with a container ship four times its size.the uss fitzgerald was back at its home port in yokosuka naval base south of tokyo on saturday with extensive damage to its hull.most of the more than 200 sailors aboard would have been asleep in their berths during the pre-dawn crash.the navy says the ship was damaged above and below the water line.___11:35 p.m.president donald trump has thanked japan for its help in the search for seven navy sailors who are missing a






navy: uss john mccain collides with ship near singapore; 10 missing


singapore - the latest on the collision between a u.s. navy ship and a merchant ship near singapore (all times local):11:40 a.m.most popular world storiesthe u.s. navy says four sailors injured in a ship collision were evacuated to a hospital.the navy says 10 sailors are missing in the collision of the uss john s. mccain and the alnic mc tanker in waters east of singapore and the strait of malacca early monday.the u.s. navy said in a news release that a singapore navy helicopter medically evacuated the four u.s. sailors to a hospital in singapore for treatment of their injuries. a fifth injured sailor did not require medical attention.the navy also said efforts were continuing to control the damage and the extent was still being determined. the damage was on its port side aft, or left rear






u.s. navy: several bodies of missing sailors found on ship after crash off japan


navy divers found a number of sailors' bodies sunday aboard the stricken uss fitzgerald that collided with a container ship in the busy sea off japan, but a spokeswoman said not all seven missing had been accounted for.searchers gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision and brought the remains to naval hospital yokosuka where they will be identified, the navy said in a statement. seven sailors had been missing, but yoko kato, a spokeswoman for the u.s. navy in yokosuka, said not all were recovered.she didn't say how many were found.most of the nearly 300 sailors aboard would have been asleep in their berths at the time of the collision. two berthing spaces, a machinery room and the radio room were damaged and began taking in water after the destroyer was rammed mid






u.s. navy: several bodies of missing sailors found on ship after crash off japan


navy divers found a number of sailors' bodies sunday aboard the stricken uss fitzgerald that collided with a container ship in the busy sea off japan, but a spokeswoman said not all seven missing had been accounted for.searchers gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision and brought the remains to naval hospital yokosuka where they will be identified, the navy said in a statement. seven sailors had been missing, but yoko kato, a spokeswoman for the u.s. navy in yokosuka, said not all were recovered.she didn't say how many were found.most of the nearly 300 sailors aboard would have been asleep in their berths at the time of the collision. two berthing spaces, a machinery room and the radio room were damaged and began taking in water after the destroyer was rammed mid






the latest: turkish 'sadness' after russian navy ship sinks


istanbul — the latest on russia navy ship damaged near istanbul (all times local):___4:40 p.m.turkey's state-run news agency says the prime minister conveyed his "sadness" over a ship collision to his russian counterpart through his aides, correcting an earlier report which said the two leaders had spoken on the phone.the anadolu agency said prime minister binali yildirim's aides contacted dmitry medvedev's office to relay turkey's message on thursday.the russian navy reconnaissance ship liman sunk off istanbul after colliding with a freighter. all of the russian sailors are safe.___3:10 p.m.turkey's coastal safety authority says that a russian navy reconnaissance ship has sunk off istanbul after colliding with a freighter. all of the russian sailors are safe.authorities say that all 78 pe






senate probes navy's top leaders on deadly ship collisions


navy secretary richard spencer and chief of naval operations adm. john richardson were called to account on tuesday by the senate armed services committee for a string of deadly and expensive ship mishaps this year in asia.it’s the second congressional grilling of the navy, which is conducting multiple investigations to pinpoint why the destroyers fitzgerald and mccain collided with merchant ships this summer.past testimony has revealed that navy warships assigned to asia are overworked, including going to sea without the many of the training certifications that the navy requires.related: navy gets grilled by house committee regarding deadly collisions »here are four key takeaways from the senate hearing.1. saying ‘no’: officials have said the navy is being called on to deploy too often. e






divers locate remains of some sailors on the uss john s. mccain after collision


the remains of some of the 10 sailors missing since a u.s. navy guided-missile destroyer collided with an oil tanker near singapore have been found, but the search continues, a navy commander said tuesday.ten sailors have been missing since the uss john s. mccain and a liberian-flagged oil tanker more than three times its size collided at the entrance to the strait of malacca before dawn on monday.singaporean and malaysian navy ships and helicopters had joined american aircraft searching for the sailors at sea. but earlier tuesday, navy and marine corps divers were sent into the compartments in the damaged part of the destroyer that had been sealed to stop the ship from being flooded. the ship is now moored at changi naval base in singapore.the divers had found the remains of some of the s






u.s. navy plane with 11 crashes into pacific; 8 found alive


tokyo — eight people aboard a navy plane that crashed wednesday in the pacific were recovered in good condition and a search continues for three other missing personnel, the navy said.the navy said in a tweet that the eight were brought aboard the uss ronald reagan. their c-2 "greyhound" transport aircraft crashed while on its way to the carrier about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of okinotorishima, a japanese atoll.the navy said the ship was operating in the philippine sea, which is east of the philippines, when the crash occurred at 2:45 p.m. japan time. the names of the crew and passengers are being withheld pending next of kin notification.the cause of the crash was not immediately clear, the navy said.the plane was taking part in an ongoing joint u.s.-japan naval exercise in wat






7 u.s. navy sailors missing, skipper hurt after destroyer collides with ship off


u.s. and japanese vessels and aircraft searched saturday for seven american sailors who were missing after their navy destroyer collided before dawn with a container ship four times its size off the coast of japan.the uss fitzgerald was back at its home port in yokosuka naval base south of tokyo by sunset saturday, its crew lined up on deck. the philippine-flagged container ship was berthed at tokyo's oi wharf, where officials began questioning crew members about the cause of the nighttime crash.after helping stabilize the uss fitzgerald, the destroyer uss dewey joined other american and japanese vessels and aircraft in the search for the missing sailors.at least three other navy sailors were injured in the collision.family members were frantically seeking news, appealing via social media






the latest: us navy says search continues for 7 sailors


yokosuka, japan — the latest on a u.s. navy ship collision (all times local):7:30 a.m.the u.s. navy says the search is continuing for seven missing american sailors in the sea off japan, after a collision between a navy destroyer and a huge cargo ship.aircraft and vessels have been looking for the missing personnel since the two ships crashed in the pre-dawn hours saturday.the uss fitzgerald is back at its home port in yokosuka naval base south of tokyo, with extensive damage to its hull.the navy says the ship was damaged above and below the water line.in a tweet sunday, the navy says the search for the missing sailors is continuing.investigators now face trying to determine how a sophisticated u.s. warship collided with a container ship four times its size.___4:30 a.m.aircraft and vessels






u.s. navy says bodies of 7 missing sailors found on ship after crash off japan


the u.s. navy says the bodies of sailors who went missing in the collision between the uss fitzgerald and a container ship have been found aboard the stricken destroyer.the navy said in a statement that searchers had gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision. a total of seven sailors had been missing since saturday's crash off japan's coast.the navy said the remains are being transferred to naval hospital yokosuka where they will be identified.it said the families are being notified and being provided the support they need during "this difficult time." the names of the sailors will be released after all notifications are made.u.s. and japanese vessels and aircraft have been looking for the missing crew members of the uss fitzgerald, which crashed with a container s






10 sailors missing after u.s. navy destroyer, merchant ship collide


ten american sailors were missing and five were injured after the guided-missile destroyer uss john s. mccain collided with a merchant vessel near the straits of malacca and singapore, u.s. navy officials said, making it the second destroyer accident in just over two months. search-and-rescue efforts are under way, thanks to ships and aircraft from malaysia, singapore and the u.s. in a statement, the u.s. navy’s seventh fleet said four of the injured sailors were taken to a hospital in singapore to treat...






'traumatic' collision that killed sailors almost sank destroyer, navy says


a u.s. navy destroyer came close to sinking after a "traumatic" collision off the coast of japan, the commander of the seventh fleet said sunday, after the bodies of the missing sailors were found in the berthing compartments of the stricken vessel.vice adm. joseph p. aucoin declined to say how many of the seven missing sailors had been recovered because the families of those who died were still being informed sunday.but aucoin said that the search-and-rescue mission was over, and the navy times reported that the bodies of all seven sailors had been found in the ship's flooded berthing compartments.multiple investigations are underway to determine how a technologically advanced u.s. warship was not able to get out of the way of the huge and cumbersome container ship, even if it had right o






the latest: singapore helicopter evacuates 4 injured us crew


singapore — the latest on the collision between a u.s. navy ship and a merchant ship near singapore (all times local):11:40 a.m.the u.s. navy says four sailors injured in a ship collision were evacuated to a hospital.the navy says 10 sailors are missing in the collision of the uss john s. mccain and the alnic mc tanker in waters east of singapore and the strait of malacca early monday.the u.s. navy said in a news release that a singapore navy helicopter medically evacuated the four u.s. sailors to a hospital in singapore for treatment of their injuries. a fifth injured sailor did not require medical attention.the navy also said efforts were continuing to control the damage and the extent was still being determined. the damage was on its port side aft, or left rear of the ship. the damage t






two fatal navy ship collisions were avoidable, reports conclude


washington—two u.s. navy collisions that killed 17 sailors this year were avoidable, according to a pair of reports on the accidents released wednesday that cited failures in a number of areas, from steering and navigation to what officials describe as the culture aboard each of the ships.two destroyers, the uss john mccain and the uss fitzgerald, were involved in separate wrecks. the fitzgerald collided with a commercial vessel in june, killing seven sailors; the mccain collided with a tanker in august, killing 10 sailors....






7 reported missing after u.s. navy ship collides with merchant ship off japan


seven u.s. sailors are missing after a guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship off the coast of japan, according to u.s. officials.the fitzgerald sustained significant damage in the predawn hours of saturday local time and the ship's commander, cmdr. bryce benson, has been evacuated via helicopter.benson was transferred to u.s. naval hospital yokosuka and is reportedly in stable condition. two sailors also were taken to the yokosuka facility with bruises and lacerations."right now we are focused on two things: the safety of the ship and the well-being of the sailors," said adm. scott swift, commander of the u.s. pacific fleet, in a statement. "we thank our japanese partners for their assistance."the navy, along with the japanese coast guard, is searching for the seven at sea






white house, congress's gop leaders scramble to pass last-gasp healthcare bill


two senior navy officers were fired monday due to a “loss of confidence in their ability to command” after two collisions with civilian ships in the western pacific killed 17 sailors at sea, the pentagon said.rear adm. charles williams, commander of the warships on patrol in the asia-pacific region, and capt. jeffrey bennett, commander of guided missile destroyers in the region, were the latest leaders removed since the navy launched an investigation last month into the deadly accidents.defense secretary james n. mattis told reporters at the pentagon he was confident in how the navy was examining the mistakes that have shaken the military and political leadership. in all, four u.s. warships had collisions or ran aground in the pacific this year. the navy has “a tradition of holding officer






hugo barra to join facebook after leaving xiaomi


technology veteran hugo barra is joining facebook inc. to oversee the social network’s virtual-reality efforts, including the work of the oculus vr team, chief executive mark zuckerberg said late wednesday.mr. barra, a former executive at alphabet inc.’s google, left chinese smartphone maker xiaomi corp. this week. his title at facebook will be vice president of virtual reality, oculus said in a post on twitter.“hugo shares...