Another Anti-Ballistic Missile Capable Destroyer, USS McCain, Collides, Out Of Action

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Something seems to be amiss with America’s destroyers and the waters of the South China Sea, with two having been involved in collisions in the last couple of months and it appears now a combined 17 lives of US Navy Sailors have been lost.

Ten American sailors remain missing and five injured after and oil tanker collided with the guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain collided off the coast of Singapore. Four of the injured were flown aboard a Singapore Navy helicopter to a Singapore hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A fifth injured sailor did not require additional treatment.

Two months ago, in mid June, a similar collision with a merchant vessel claimed the lives of seven sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald. Both the Fitzgerald and the John S. McCain, named not after the Senator but his father and grandfather, are anti-ballistic missile defense capable vessels. They are two critical components in our ability to protect against a missile attack by North Korea that are now out of service and removed from the military equation.

David Larter, a US navy veteran and naval warfare writer told the Guardian, “Collisions like these are extremely rare and two in one summer, both from 7th Fleet based in Japan, is stunning.” He added it was too early to determine what might have led to the collision of the McCain.

Larter said, “The number of breakdowns that have to occur for something like this to happen make them a rare occurrence. Sailors monitor radars around the clock, they have multiple sailors standing watch on the bridge which also has a radar, and they have at least one lookout posted at the back end of the ship to watch for exactly these kinds of situations.”

Particularly after the suspicious circumstances of what some believe may have been a deliberate strike on the Fitzgerald, every American crew should be at a state of heightened vigilance and alert. Something doesn’t seem right.

As the video below indicates, both the Fitzgerald and McCain, as Arleigh-Burke class destroyers, are quite capable and formidable elements of our naval power in the region. A full inquiry, including interrogations and polygraphs of the crew of the tanker. Something isn’t right here.

Below is a look at just what the John S. McCain is capable of and why the loss of two of these ships is significant, in addition to the lives of the crew members.

 

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13 Comments on Another Anti-Ballistic Missile Capable Destroyer, USS McCain, Collides, Out Of Action

  1. Kelleigh Nelson // August 21, 2017 at 7:55 pm // Reply

    Let me ask you something Rick…do you think Trump will now turn into a war hawk with Bannon gone? I’ve talked to a military man about this, and he thinks that is true.

  2. Thomas Oakley // August 21, 2017 at 9:12 pm // Reply

    Wonder what excuse the navy will use for this? Bet it all flows down to a poor seaman at the bottom of the chain, as this is how the navy works,…..the brass, etc that caused this will as is usual get a slap on the hand (if even that) and the poor seaman will get, who knows what. A real investigation is need into both of these so called accidents. and not by the navy, the 8 sided building, the crooked fbi, and it needs to be done as quick as it can, before vital evidence can be destroyed, hidden, etc. O yes wonder how trump is coming (not) getting rid of the obamsssssss hidden followers, in all the gov agencies, including the military (navy, etc)?

  3. If I put on my tin foil hat I would speculate that the neocons are somewhere in this mix to ensure the war machine keeps distributing $$.

  4. I read something about Russia having equipment that would block all electrical systems on the Destroyers. But I believe that’s false information. I believe it’s China who is doing this. China is still on North Korea’s side and will remain so. We need to work on protecting the guidance and electronic systems from being hacked by the Chinese. Something must be done.

  5. Darlene Tussing // August 22, 2017 at 5:37 am // Reply

    Am I the only one that thinks this is not a co-incidents. Happening too often…. Also, am I the only one to notice that the ship is hit. Each time the ship is hit in the side…. That is not the ship hitting something but something hitting the ship… Something not right here… We cannot afford to have our ships nonfunctional.

  6. Kelleigh Nelson // August 22, 2017 at 5:39 am // Reply

    Good, thanks

  7. Kelleigh Nelson // August 22, 2017 at 6:59 am // Reply

    Nope, right here with ya

  8. This is not just another incident. My first words this morning after reading about this as I told my husband, this is not right, something is very wrong and someone is taking out our ships. Is it an inside job or have the Chinese set this up with the ships that someone has negotiated with to do this and say accident. One article I read a retired Navy man said there is suppose to be radar watch around the clock and Navy personnel forward and aft to be on watch. He was having a hard time believing this was just another incident as I am.

    • As am I SAnnSM, something’s up – as that video indicates removing one of these from the theater is removing a lot of firepower – and now two are gone.

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