USS John S. McCain Returns to Sea Two Years After Deadly Collision
The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is going back to sea greater than 2 years its harmful crash with a vessel in the delivery lanes off Singapore.
The Navy introduced Monday that the Arleigh Burke- course destroyer has actually finished required repair services at the united state Naval Ship Repair Facility-Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka, Japan as well as she is currently in progress carrying out extensive sea tests.
“During the at-sea testing, the ship and her crew will perform a series of demonstrations to evaluate that the ship’s onboard systems meet or exceed Navy performance specifications,” the Navy stated in a declaration. “Among the systems that will be tested are navigation, damage control, mechanical and electrical systems, combat systems, communications, and propulsion application.”
The John S. McCain was severely harmed after clashing the vendor vessel Alnic MC on August 21, 2017. The crash caused the fatalities of 10 united state Navy seafarers as well as triggered considerable damages to the hull of the McCain, creating flooding in neighboring areas, consisting of staff berthing, equipment, as well as interactions spaces.
The McCain event adhered to a comparable crash including the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald as well as a containership off the coastline of Japan in June 2017, which caused 7 seafarer fatalities.
The integrated events caused the termination of a variety of upper-level Navy police officers, consisting of the leaders of both McCain as well as Fitzgerald, in addition to the leader of the Seventh Fleet.
In its record on the mishaps, the Navy called the accidents “avoidable” as well as indicated numerous failings by watch standers aboard the destroyers. A NTSB examination discovered that the event was the outcome of inadequate training, insufficient bridge operating treatments as well as an absence of functional oversight.
John S. McCain is designated to the united state Seventh Fleet’s Destroyer Squadron 15, the Navy’s biggest forward-deployed destroyer armada as well as its major surface area pressure.
“The USS John S. McCain embodies the absolute fighting spirit of her namesakes, and shows the resiliency of our Sailors. She has completed her maintenance period with the most up-to-date multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities, preparing her to successfully execute a multitude of high-end operations,” stated Captain Steven DeMoss, Commander of Destroyer Squadron 15.
“This whole crew is eager to get back to sea, and that’s evident in the efforts they’ve made over the last two years to bring the ship back to fighting shape, and the energy they’ve put into preparing themselves for the rigors of at-sea operations,” statedCmdr Ryan T. Easterday, John S. McCain’s commander. “I’m extremely proud of them as we return the ship to sea, and return to the operational fleet more ready than ever to support security and stability throughout the region.”
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