Navy to replace commander of 7th Fleet after latest collision

The damaged hull of the USS John S. Mc Cain is seen at Singapore's Changi naval base on Tuesday. Experts say the destroyer's collision with a tanker ship early Monday was likely caused by human error

The damaged hull of the USS John S. Mc Cain is seen at Singapore's Changi naval base on Tuesday. Experts say the destroyer's collision with a tanker ship early Monday was likely caused by human error

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin will be removed from his post as the commander of the usa 7th Fleet, after two deadly collisions in the Pacific in just two months, according to the Navy.

Swift said that, while there were "no indications of that as of yet ... we are not taking any consideration off the table and every scenario will be reviewed and investigated in detail".

Meanwhile, questions abound as to whether the vessel's electronic defenses were the target of a cyberattack.

Findings in that investigation suggested the accident was caused by multiple errors by the Fitzgerald's crew and a failure to take action in the minutes leading to the collision, according to two defense officials.

Meanwhile, senior editor for The Washington Free Beacon and author Bill Gertz says the possibility of the electronic defenses on the Aegis guided missile destroyer being hacked is not impossible. The McCain passed a

McCain and the tanker Alnic MC collided on Monday while the US ship was nearing Singapore on a routine port call.

White House placed in lockdown mode after mysterious package found inside premises
According to initial reports, the Secret Service has sent everyone including mediapersons to the briefing room, immediately. The incident came shortly after a different suspicions package was found at 1:10 p.m. on the Rotunda steps of the U.S.

It was the second major collision in two months involving the Pacific-based 7th Fleet. Around 10 soldiers were reported to be missing in the incident and a number of remains of the soldiers were found in a compartment of the vessel. "I welcome the broad, comprehensive view announced by the chief of naval operations", Swift said.

Sources tell CBN News the pause is a one-day safety stand-down that will be done over the course of a couple weeks and at the discretion of individual commands.

The move follows four Navy accidents in the Pacific since late January, including two collisions that left sailors dead and missing.

Navy mishaps often emerge from judgment calls: A commanding officer, or CO, misjudges which young officers or sailors are ready to stand a crucial watch by themselves, putting people into positions of authority who aren't ready.

The problem could get worse.

All the same, Swift said the Navy will implement a "deliberate reset" for the units based in Japan that will focus on navigation, machinery and "bridge resource management" - in other words, training crew members on watch how to use their eyes and ears, both human and electronic, to help drive their ships.

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