Families of some of the 17 sailors killed in two U.S. Navy collisions in Asia last summer say the courts-martial beginning this week probably won’t give them closure. What they really want is answers.
The two collisions that killed a combined 17 sailors aboard the destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain resulted from sailors not following procedures and lack of communication between officers and the rest of the ship, a Navy report released Wednesday concluded.
The USS Fitzgerald passed another waypoint Monday in its journey back to active service following a fatal collision off Japan 2 ½ years ago, according to the Navy.
Flags flew aboard the USS Fitzgerald for the first time in nearly two years — this time featuring a new flag designed to honor the seven sailors who died in the ship’s June 17, 2017, collision off Japan’s Izu Peninsula, according to a Navy statement Thursday.
The USS John S. McCain sailed away from the Yokosuka pier about 10:15 a.m. Monday, its first trip to sea since suffering hundreds of millions of dollars in damages during a fatal collision in 2017.
The Navy has enacted nearly all the changes recommended in two 2017 reports it ordered after two fatal collisions at sea involving U.S. warships, the vice chief of naval operations recently told Congress.
‘Bravery, resolve and resilience’: Yokosuka remembers 10 fallen USS McCain sailors a year after collision
Family, friends and sailors gathered at Yokosuka’s chapel Tuesday to mark one year since a fatal collision took the lives of 10 sailors aboard the USS John S. McCain.