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Posted by: News_Desk on 08/21/2017 09:55 AM Updated by: News_Desk on 08/21/2017 09:55 AM
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Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer on USS John S. McCain

Washington, DC...The following is a statement released Aug. 21 by Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer on USS John S. McCain, which was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. Our thoughts and prayers are with our shipmates onboard USS John S. McCain. The Navy family comes together during times of crisis and I want to thank those who are providing around-the-clock assistance to the affected Sailors and families.


August 21, 2017 Damage to the portside is visible as the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) steers towards Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore, following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. Significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding. The incident will be investigated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/Released)




As details continue to emerge, we can be proud of the heroic effort by the crew to tend to the needs of those injured and save the ship from further damage while returning safely to port.

I also want to express my appreciation to the government of Singapore for their swift support and assistance during this time of need.

The United States Navy will fully investigate the cause of this incident and I ask all of you to keep the families of John S. McCain in your thoughts and prayers as we begin the task of answering the many questions before us.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-21 10:47:25   By: Anonymous
 
Another fine example of universal suffrage in the military.

In the name of diversity, we must suffer idiots.

Two in a row.

Where are the watches, the nav helm, even the sonar guys should hear
a ship bearing down on it. Total leadership failure.


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To much
Posted on: 2017-08-21 10:58:42   By: Anonymous
 
Sensitivity training, gender training, sexual harassment training, general social engineering taken presidence over navigational skills. We are screwed. Thank you politicians over the last 50 years. I am a retired Navy vet-appalling.

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    Re: To much
    Posted on: 2017-08-21 13:41:10   By: Anonymous
     
    The second post says it all. Can't recall ever hearing of this type of accidents, little lone two within months. Scary is not the word for this misconduct. There would never be sleep for me on one of those ships. So sad to say. Prayers to our troops.

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    Re: To much
    Posted on: 2017-08-21 14:34:04   By: Anonymous
     
    What a heap of horse dung. Teaching respect and tolerance is not the reason these crews screwed up bigly. Do you really think our service personnel are so mentally limited that if you teach them not to grope women they must necessarily forget something else like posting a watch on deck?

    There is clearly a problem with naval operations, but to simply default to a cheap political explanation is as stupid as getting run into by a cargo ship.

    If you read military history you will know that this kind of dereliction of duty has been part of our military forever. Lots of commanders were relieved during WWII. Macarthur and Ned Almond made huge and stupid mistakes in the Korean War (and should have been relieved early on). The Vietnam War was filled with soldiers who couldn't be counted on to place Claymores facing the right way. More recently one of our guided missile cruisers shot down an Iranian passenger airliner in 1988 because the crew misidentified it as an F14A fighter. All carried out by our then all male, all-straight, politically incorrect military.

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      Re: To much
      Posted on: 2017-08-21 15:52:28   By: Anonymous
       
      Bigly is not a word you ignorant trump moron

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-21 12:58:24   By: Anonymous
 
Not to be outdone, Trump will turn America into a sinking ship.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-21 14:34:15   By: Anonymous
 
When I was in the Navy, one my duties was to navigate in out of ports using Radar. All ships, boats were tracked. We had give the bridge courses. Speeds and attack angles of all contacts. We also provided the bridge information to avoid closing contacts. I have very difficult time understanding how a man of war can be hit by a tanker or fighter.
When using the NTDS system anr looking at a Radar screan each contact has line showing the course and speed. You can see looking at the Radar the point of interception.

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    Posted on: 2017-08-21 15:19:45   By: Anonymous
     
    Someone on tv suggested that the radar might have been interferred with as an aspect of cyber warfare. No evidence offered but he seemed to think such a thing was possible. This still wouldn't account for failure of simply watching with human eyes to see other ships in the area.

    I'm not endorsing the messed up radar idea, but it seems like the same kind of thing as the Russian's messing with the election. It wouldn't surprise me if Russia tried to develop the capacity to interfere with our warships' navigation.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-21 14:34:15   By: Anonymous
 
When I was in the Navy, one my duties was to navigate in out of ports using Radar. All ships, boats were tracked. We had give the bridge courses. Speeds and attack angles of all contacts. We also provided the bridge information to avoid closing contacts. I have very difficult time understanding how a man of war can be hit by a tanker or fighter.
When using the NTDS system anr looking at a Radar screan each contact has line showing the course and speed. You can see looking at the Radar the point of interception.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-21 15:03:25   By: Anonymous
     
    How are those wounded Yuba County deputies doing?
    Ban all freaking cannabis

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      Re: Yuba
      Posted on: 2017-08-22 08:40:01   By: Anonymous
       
      What does this article have to do with canabiss you stupid phuking idiot. Quit posting and wasting everyones time reading your pathetic posts. You bansters are natural born losers

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