Navy looks to solve reasons for multiple mishaps recently
Two ships do not run into each other in the open sea without someone being at fault. During the coming weeks, Navy investigators will try to set blame for the recent collision between an oil tanker and an American destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, near Singapore.
Officials already have decided to dismiss a fleet admiral as a result of the ongoing string of accidents.
The Navy also will look into whether the McCain’s crew was negligent in not being able to avoid the collision.
Another accident involving a U.S. warship a few months ago near Japan resulted in the vessel’s captain being relieved of duty. Several other sailors were disciplined.
Regardless of where fault in the accident lies, it is another reminder of the danger of military service, even in peacetime.
Ten sailors were originally missing in the wake of the McCain collision. Five others had been injured.
Accidents, often involving aircraft and Navy vessels, are not uncommon.
They are one of the prices to be paid for armed forces that utilize weapons of war and must remain proficient in their use at all times.
All 10 dead sailors were eventually found this past week.
Their tragic loss is a sobering reminder to all of us that those who serve us in the military often are in harm’s way even when there are no hostilities in the headlines.