USS John S McCain

Reports and Explanations for USN Collisions

As we all know, several USN ships were involved in collisions in recent months. The collision of USS Fitzgerald with MV ACX Crystal, and USS John S. McCain with MV Alnic resulted in the loss of 17 USN lives. The USN has fired officers from both these ships and from Pacific command as well. The main problem, according to reports, seems to be that the navy was doing too much, and because it was so busy it ignored fundamental training.

See, USNI, “USS Fitzgerald, USS John S. McCain Collision Report,” 1 November 2017 at

You can also look at Sam LaGrone, “Readiness Lapses that Led to McCain, Fitzgerald Collisions Were Years in the Making,” 1 November 2017, at


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