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Collision of USS John McCain Raises Questions About Pacific Fleet (VIDEO)

The Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) is moored pier side at Changi naval base in Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. The USS John S. McCain was docked at Singapore's naval base with "significant damage" to its hull after an early morning collision with the Alnic MC as vessels from several nations searched Monday for missing U.S. sailors. (Grady T. Fontana/U.S. Navy photo via AP)

The Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) is moored pier side at Changi naval base in Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. The USS John S. McCain was docked at Singapore’s naval base with “significant damage” to its hull after an early morning collision with the Alnic MC as vessels from several nations searched Monday for missing U.S. sailors. (Grady T. Fontana/U.S. Navy photo via AP)

At 6:24am today, Japan time, the Aegis-class destroyer USS John S. McCain was rammed by the Liberian-registered supertanker Alnic MC in the Straits of Malacca while en route to Singapore. At this writing 10 US sailors are missing and five are injured.

The damage–berthing compartments and the communications center–are identical though, because the Alnic MC was larger than ACX Crystal, McCain suffered more extensive damage overall.

We can anticipate that the bodies of the missing sailors will be located today in the flooded berthing compartments, this was the case with the Fitzgerald.

What remains are a boatload of questions. Unlike the Fitzgerald which was rammed in the early morning hours, McCain was hit shortly before dawn. I’m not a Navy guy, but on an Army installation Reveille and the morning gun would have already sounded and the duty day would be underway. As we posted in regards to the Fitzgerald, there are lots of systems that should prevent this from happening and those systems work pretty well as evidenced by the lack of at-sea collisions.

Also of concern is the frequency with which this type of thing has happened in the Pacific over the past year.

USS Antietamran aground.
USS Fitzgeraldcollison.
USS Lake Champlainran down a Korean fishing boat.
USS Louisianacollided with USNS Eagleview.

This is not normal. When you look at the surface combatants available to the Pacific Fleet

USS Antietam (CG 54)
USS Shiloh (CG 67)
USS Chancellorsville (CG 62)

USS Barry (DDG 52)
USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54)
USS John S. McCain (DDG 56)
USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)
USS Stethem (DDG 63)
USS Benfold (DDG 65)
USS McCampbell (DDG 85)
USS Mustin (DDG 89)

two of eight destroyers have been knocked out of action for a year or more without a shot being fired.

It is a given that the captain of the McCain and everyone remotely associated with the combat information center and navigation just had their careers burned to the ground. No earthly power will save them no matter what an investigation substantiates. But someone should be taking a close look at the leadership of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 because the evidence indicates something systemic could be going on there that is contributing to the McCain and the Fitzgerald collisions.

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