Seventh Fleet unable to prevent collisions. US navy suspends all operations worldwide..

The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen after a collision, in Singapore waters August 21, 2017.

Divers Find Remains of US Sailors in John S. McCain Ship Damaged in Collision

Remains of US sailors have been found in the flooded compartments of the US Navy destroyer John S. McCain, which had collided with an oil tanker near Singapore, US Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Scott Swift said at a briefing.

“The divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during the search today. Additionally, the Malaysian navy has reported that they have located potential remains,” Adm. Scott Swift said.

The US destroyer collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC on Monday near the Malacca straits. Five sailors were injured. The US Navy and Marine Corps divers are searching for 10 sailors. They are assisted by two Navy maritime helicopters as well as ships and aircraft from Malaysia and Singapore.

Damage to the destroyer’s hull resulted in flooding to compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms, the US Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a press release on Monday.Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that a probe into recent collisions has been ordered. The defense secretary said there is a separate investigation underway that would determine what happened to US destroyer John S. McCain, which is damaged after colliding with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore.

The collision is the second by a US ship with a civilian vessel in the Seventh Fleet area of operations this summer.

Seven Navy personnel were killed in the Fitzgerald collision, and the ship’s commander was relieved of duty last week.

On Monday, the US suspended operations worldwide after the collision.

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The earlier collision suggested a deliberate collision which the US navy ship was unable to prevent.  Was this because the ship’s electrical and electronic control systems were disabled?   Russia had demonstrated the capacity to disable a US warship in The Black Sea last year.  Why would the US suspend operations worldwide unless there was a threat the US navy is unable to deal with?  It can’t ll be to do with ships’ commanders.

7 Responses to “Seventh Fleet unable to prevent collisions. US navy suspends all operations worldwide..”

  1. Gordon says:

    As soon as I saw this yesterday I said that damage was not caused by a collision. Had it been so the damage would have been much higher. Looks more like a missile strike hence body parts in damage area.

  2. Tapestry says:

    How are you doing Gordon?

    Could it be a torpedo at that height? I’m no expert.

  3. Mr Dude says:

    No, the cargo ship that hit it was high in the water / unladen and had one of those big sticky out things at the front that are normally below the waterline when the vessel is laden

  4. Mr Dude says:

    ….a bulbous bow, is what they’re called. There are pictures of the ship that hit it with it’s bulbous bow at exactly the right height to have caused that damage

  5. Mr Dude says:

    Apparently Russia has jamming equipment that is far in advance of anything the west has – see the USS Donald Cook incident. Rumours though that similar equipment might have fallen into NK hands via Israel

  6. Mr Dude says:

    I’ve sailed with the USN, absolutely no way on earth this could happen unless someone was seriously messing with their navigation tech. Although the ship being hit side on like that suggests it was not under power at the time and was a sitting duck that got broadsided

  7. Mr Dude says:

    Suspension of operations equals the neutering of the US Navy. Absolutely unprecedented in history. Hopefully the sign of something very very big and benevolent going down! All the USN guys I worked with were fab, top fellas… but US miltary adventurism has to stop. I suspect they know that too. Rumours are that USN = mostly good guys, USAF = still mostly bad guys

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