Eighteen sailors have been injured after an explosion caused a fire on a military ship in San Diego, the fire department said. The sailors were taken from the USS Bonhomme Richard to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” on Sunday morning. San Diego Fire Department added that they were being treated “for a variety of injuries” and the cause of the fire is under investigation
The acting secretary of the US Navy has resigned amid uproar over his handling of a coronavirus outbreak on an aircraft carrier. Thomas Modly fired the USS Theodore Roosevelt’s captain after he pleaded for help in a letter leaked to media. Mr Modly apologized on Monday after it emerged he had called Captain Brett Crozier’s actions “naive” and “stupid”.
The U.S. Navy relieved the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt’s captain of his command on Thursday, punishing him for the leak of a scathing letter he sent to superiors that sought stronger measures for curbing a coronavirus outbreak aboard the ship. About 1,000 sailors – a fifth of Crozier’s crew – were taken off the vessel at the Navy base on Guam, and placed in quarantine on Wednesday.
US Navy chief Richard Spencer has been fired over his handling of the case of a Navy Seal demoted for misconduct. The case of Edward Gallagher, who was convicted for posing with a corpse, had sparked tensions between US President Donald Trump and military officials. There have been differing accounts as to why Richard Spencer was asked to resign.
A Navy SEAL was found not guilty on Tuesday of premeditated murder after being charged with killing a teenage Islamic State prisoner in Iraq. Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher was accused of stabbing a teenage prisoner in the neck and body. He went on to pose with the prisoner’s body and included it as a prop in his re-enlistment ceremony, and bragged that he “got this one with my knife.”
An American airstrike in Yemen last week killed one of the suspected plotters of the deadly Qaeda bombing of the United States Navy destroyer Cole in 2000, President Trump and military officials confirmed on Sunday. “Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole,” Mr. Trump tweeted on Sunday before flying to Camp David for meetings with White House staff.
The United States Navy announced, Tuesday, five officers involved in deadly ship collisions resulting in 17 deaths last year, will face criminal charges, including negligent homicide. The prosecuted officers include commanding officers, Cmdr. Bryce Benson of the Fitzgerald, Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez of the John S. McCain, and three other officers aboard the Fitzgerald.
On Tuesday, it was reported that the victims of the USS Fitzgerald ship crash were flown back to the U.S. Investigations into why the ship crashed are now under way. The United States Navy and Coast Guard, Japanese Coast Guard, and the Japan Transport Safety Board are all investigating in an effort to determine what caused the fatal crash.
A U.S. Navy Destroyer, the U.S.S. Fitzgerald, crashed into a Philippines-registered cargo ship, the ACX Crystal, over the weekend leaving 7 missing, who have now been found and pronounced dead. The cause of the collision which happened in Japanese waters is unknown. U.S. and Japanese investigation crews are trying to determine the cause of the crash.
The Navy determined two collisions between their destroyers and commercial vessels that killed seventeen earlier this year were ‘avoidable.’ According to Navy officials, crew and leadership aboard did not plan properly for safety adhere to correct navigation practices or perform standard watch routines. Final reports stated the crew was ‘unprepared for the situation in which they found themselves.’