USS Fitzgerald crash that killed seven American sailors ‘was navy’s own fault’

There are 577 comments at Yahoo on the report that the crew of the USS Fitzgerald bear the blame for the deadly crash that killed seven sailors.

While there’s a lot of thinking about the dereliction of duty that led to the near sinking of the American destroyer, no one has raised the issue of the performance of an increasingly Affirmative Action military.

The way the command and operating structure is set up shipboard, there are supposed to be multiple personnel who would be alert to the possibility of a collusion. Yet no one acted. Were they all sleeping, playing computer games, or chatting on their cell phones?

The American military is plagued by Affirmative Action incompetence. The Chinese military has to be loving it.

Yahoo

A deadly crash between a US warship and a Philippine cargo vessel is believed to have been the fault of the US navy, according to CNN citing preliminary investigations into the incident which claimed the lives of seven American sailors.

The network said that two officials from the Department of Defence said that there were multiple errors by the crew of the USS Fitzgerald that led to the collision in June. “They did nothing until the last second,” one official was quoted as saying. “A slew of things went wrong.” A second official said the crash “will wind up being our fault.”

The crash between the Fitzgerald, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and the ACX Crystal on 17 June claimed the lives of seven US sailors. A further seven sailors were injured, including Commander Bryce Benson, who held the command of the ship.

The incident occurred 56 nautical miles off the coast of Honshu, Japan in an area that is known as a place to be heavily used by commercial shipping.

CNN said that the initial investigation found that the USS Fitzgerald crew failed to understand and acknowledge the cargo ship was approaching and failed to take any action necessary to avoid the crash. For instance, it remains unclear if members of the crew ever called the commanding officer to come to the bridge.

The officials say investigators are also looking at the possibility that the ship was traveling at a higher speed than expected in order to reach a location it was due to arrive at the next next day.

12 thoughts on “USS Fitzgerald crash that killed seven American sailors ‘was navy’s own fault’

  1. That is what I expected to hear. That is the US DoD version, supposedly. What do the Filipino Govt investigators say? They may have some words, if anybody wants to listen to them.

    “according to CNN citing preliminary investigations into the incident which claimed the lives of seven American sailors.
    The network said that two officials from the Department of Defence said…”

    Thus CNN is passing on hearsay. This is not the offical report. Surely the two officials would be forbidden to talk to (((CNN))) about an unpublished report? Treason? Death for the two traitors? Cancel CNN’s broadcasting license as a penalty?

    Are the “officials” typists, cleaners or other low level employees?

  2. Political Correctness at it’s best…”Let’s not offend the Filipinos.”

    While there were minorities on the ship, there’s a layer of oversight, so it’s not only a few making decisions.

    Nope! Based on the route the Crystal took, it’s their fault!

    And…why would we even think of believing CNN using undisclosed sources. They would love to blame Trump’s Navy!

      • Paladin, if the US Navy can not avoid being intentionally or accidentally rammed by a cargo ship – what chance do they have against genuine military enemies who can fire weapons at long range, not just ram like 2500 years ago? Presumably the Flips had their navigation lights on. Naughty enemies would not do this. IMO, all navy ships should avoid shipping lanes at night time or in bad weather. Navy ships are painted in hard to see colours, and are thus effectively camouflaged at all times. This makes for some safety issues in peace time. Why has no technology been invented to make Navy ships highly visible in peace time, and invisible in war time 5 minutes later? At night, easy, use lots of lights like Cruise vessels. Large cargo ships are almost invisible at night – I have seen this even inside Sydney harbour. There are one or two green or red lights on each side, maybe a small white light at the rear and that is all – for a ship 100 meters long or more.

        Why would the Flips attack the US Navy? The Flips need the US attack dog to fight China over some islands here and there.

        There is an unwritten rule on the highways and the high seas – the biggest guy is the boss. If you ride a motorbike, or a 3 wheel car, you must sometimes give way to some homicidal maniac in an 18 wheeler. Same for tiddly navy boats vs large ships.

  3. Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a Collision.

    Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

    Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

    Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.

    Americans: This is the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States’ Atlantic fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers and numerous support vessels. I demand that YOU change your course 15 degrees north, that’s one five degrees north, or countermeasures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.

    Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call?

  4. Robert,

    I don’t get it! The Fitzgerald is guilty because it didn’t get out of the way fast enough?

    I’m driving my car through a green light at an intersection, I see a car coming through a red light out of the corners of my eyes headed directly for me. I hit my horn, step on the gas to get out of his way, but he hits me broadside anyway. But, I’m guilty because I didn’t get out of his way fast enough???? The other guy going through the red light who hit me goes free?

    The Crystal hit Fitzgerald broadside. There’s no question in my mind who’s guilty regardless of all the instruments, lights, horns, navy expertise, shipping lanes, and size of the ships.

    Crystal was on automatic pilot. Initially, it was suggested the route was programmed wrong. One look at the path it took and it’s clear this cargo ship was confused. It wasn’t even that close to Tokyo yet where it was headed and it’s horsing around at that spot. Why did it backtrack, hit the Fitzgerald, then go straight again? I’m not saying it was intentional, but even though something went wrong with it’s navigation, Crystal is still guilty.

    • I think the bigger point at play here is the apparent vulnerability of a Navy ship at sea to a passing, blundering blunt instrument, let alone an opponent with malicious intent. Were that an NK vessel or a hulk jammed with explosives (think a bigger version of the USS Cole attack), then chances are we’d still be playing out the consequences from bunkers. Situational awareness, just like a walk in Chicago: the Fitzgerald didn’t demonstrate it.

  5. All of this reminds me of JFK and the PT109 that was his command. It was one of the fastest and most maneuverable vessels that the Navy ever operated and on a clear night in a flat calm it was rammed and sunk by a larger, slower enemy ship.
    This is not what Nelson meant when he signaled “Engage the enemy more closely”.

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