WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Navy leaders are recommending a sweeping listing of modifications in sailor coaching, crew necessities and security procedures to deal with systemic issues throughout the Pacific fleet that led to 2 lethal ship collisions earlier this yr that killed 17 sailors, in response to a replica of the report obtained by The Related Press.
A crucial report scheduled to be launched Thursday requires about 60 beneficial enhancements that vary from improved coaching on seamanship, navigation and using ship gear to extra primary modifications to extend sleep and stress administration for sailors.
One other Navy report launched Wednesday concluded that three collisions and a ship grounding this yr have been all avoidable, and resulted from widespread failures by the crews and commanders who did not shortly acknowledge and reply to unfolding emergencies. Navy leaders publicly acknowledged these failings in a congressional listening to final month.
The united statesJohn S. McCain and an oil tanker collided close to Singapore in August, leaving 10 U.S. sailors lifeless. And 7 sailors died in June when the united statesFitzgerald and a container ship collided off Japan. The united statesLake Champlain collided with a Korean fishing vessel in Might and the united statesAntietam struck backside close to a shoal in Tokyo Bay.
Because of the 2 lethal accidents, eight prime Navy officers, together with the seventh Fleet commander, have been fired from their jobs, and a variety of different sailors acquired reprimands or different punishment that was not publicly launched.
“We’re a Navy that learns from errors and the Navy is firmly dedicated to doing every little thing attainable to stop an accident like this from occurring once more,” Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, stated in a press release Wednesday. “We’ll spend each effort wanted to right these issues and be stronger than earlier than.”
Richardson ordered a complete evaluation of the accidents, led by Adm. Philip Davidson, head of the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command. In a report spanning about one hundred seventy pages, Davidson notes that most of the classes discovered might be utilized throughout the Navy. And he recommends the appointment of a senior Navy officer to supervise the implementation of the beneficial modifications throughout the fleet, each within the Pacific and — the place wanted — around the globe.
Proposed modifications targeted on 5 primary areas: elementary expertise, teamwork, operational security,…