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.’
A United States Navy plane, from the 7th Fleet, the largest overseas fleet, crashed Wednesday, into the Pacific Ocean near Okinawa, Japan, with eleven people aboard. Eight of the eleven passengers were rescued, while American and Japanese naval forces continue searching for the remaining three. An investigation will be performed to determine the crash’s cause.
The U.S. Navy ordered a pause in operations around the world after a U.S. destroyer collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore, leaving 10 Navy sailors missing and 5 injured. The collision of USS John S. McCain on Sunday is the second involving a major American destroyer since June. The one day halt of Naval operations is targeted at enhancing Navy’s safety and uncovering the potential factors contributing to the series of accidents.
The top two officers and several other sailors aboard USS Fitzgerald will be facing disciplinary actions for their roles in the collision of the ship, a senior Navy officer reported Thursday. The Navy destroyer met with a deadly accident off the coast of Japan in June resulting in the death of seven crew members. The majority of the punishments are to be delivered on Friday including career ending actions against the ship’s two top officers.
On Wednesday, Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, was removed from duty after being connected to 4 collisions since January of this year, two of them being fatal. Aucoin will be replaced by Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer. After the collision of the destroyer, USS John S. McCain on Sunday the Navy’s top officer, Adm. John Richardson, announced that all 277 Navy ships worldwide would take an “operational pause” to review safety measures.