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  • Salvage ship to assist in Black Hawk recovery off Hawaii

    09/08/2017 1:26:16 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 3 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sept 8 , 2017 | WILLIAM COLE
    A 240-foot salvage ship is on its way to aid in the recovery of a crashed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and its missing crew west of Kaena Point, a spokesman for the 25th Infantry Division said. The Military Sealift Command-chartered MV HOS Dominator, a submarine support ship, is expected to arrive in the coming days, Lt. Col. Curt Kellogg said Thursday. The ship’s involvement represents a transition from seafloor sonar mapping and camera observation by the Navy using an unmanned underwater vehicle and remotely operated vehicle to actual salvage and recovery. All five crew members from the Hawaii-based Black...
  • Navy Finds No Sign of Hacking in Recent Collisions

    09/02/2017 6:21:23 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 77 replies
    On Wednesday, the U.S. Navy's top officer said that post-accident investigations have turned up no evidence of a cyberattack in the collisions involving the USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald. The two collisions each involved an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and a merchant vessel, and the similarity of the circumstances led many to speculate that the casualties might have been caused by hacking. In an address to Navy staff, chief of naval operations Adm. John S. Richardson moved to dispel these rumors. He said that the accident investigators have given cyber factors "an amazing amount of attention," but so far...
  • Navy to Pause Operations, Review Collisions, With 10 Missing

    08/21/2017 9:44:56 AM PDT · by Mariner · 93 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 21st, 2017 | By Nancy Youssef in Washington and Jake Maxwell Watts in Singapore
    The U.S. Navy announced an “operational pause” and has begun a broad investigation after the destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel, leaving 10 sailors still missing, the second such incident in as many months. The response by the U.S. military signals the Navy believes it needs to examine whether there may be institutional problems behind the deadly collisions. Navy Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, made the announcement about the operational pause during a nearly four-minute video message posted on Facebook Monday morning. Adm. Richardson said he also ordered a broader investigation. “I directed...
  • 10 missing after USS John McCain collides with merchant ship; search underway

    08/20/2017 6:35:30 PM PDT · by Enchante · 468 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | August 20, 2017 | LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN
    A Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, collided with a commercial vessel east of Singapore early Monday morning local time, the Navy said. There were 10 sailors missing and five injured, the Navy said. The collision with the merchant ship Alnic MC occurred east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, as the McCain was on its way for a routine port visit in Singapore, the Navy said.
  • USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship near Strait of Malacca

    08/20/2017 5:02:26 PM PDT · by blueyon · 82 replies
    www.c7f.navy.mil ^ | 8/20/17 | By U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
    SOUTH CHINA SEA - The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore. Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft. Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities.
  • USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship in Pacific

    08/20/2017 5:04:57 PM PDT · by Dr.Deth · 128 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/20/2017 | Fox News
    USS John S. McCain has collided with a merchant vessel east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain was involved in a collision with a merchant vessel east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, the Navy said in a tweet. Initial reports indicate the warship sustained damage to its port side aft. No immediate word on any casualties. Search and rescue efforts are under way in coordination with local authorities, the Navy said. The warship is named after John S. McCain, Sr., and John S. McCain, Jr., both Admirals in the U.S....
  • Sea Princess cruise passengers spend 10 days in blackout for fear of pirates

    08/11/2017 9:38:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 69 replies
    1,900 passengers aboard a 104 day cruise around the world got an unsettling surprise after they departed from Sydney, Australia toward Dubai. For ten days, the passengers had to endure a mandatory dusk-to-dawn blackout for fear of pirate attacks. “No deck parties, no movies under the stars, no late-night outdoor bar hopping or pool dipping” were just some of the bans included in the blackout ordered by Captain Gennaro Arma, recalls Carolyn Jasinski, a passenger on the ship. The ship essentially become a ghost – all curtains were drawn, all lights were dimmed or turned off. Arma wanted to remind...
  • Should The Jones Act Be Repealed? (Skippers say "No")

    08/10/2017 11:42:34 AM PDT · by Oatka · 31 replies
    gCaptain ^ | August 9, 2017 | Captains George Livingstone & Grant Livingstone
    Another effort is under way in the Senate to repeal the Jones Act sponsored by Senator John McCain of Arizona. The law, originally enacted 97 years ago by Senator Wesley L. Jones of Washington State under section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, focused on: Increased growth of American marine commerce Improving remedies to American mariners if injured on the job Providing for national security interests Today the Jones Act refers to federal statute 46 USC section 883 which controls coastwise trade within the United States. Essentially the Act prohibits foreign flagged vessels from engaging in coastwise trade...
  • America’s Oldest Commissioned Warship Refloated After Two-Year Restoration

    07/26/2017 7:27:18 AM PDT · by Oatka · 43 replies
    gcaptain ^ | July 25, 2017 | gCaptain
    (photo at site) America’s oldest commissioned warship, USS Constitution, was finally refloated on Sunday following a two-year, multi-million dollar restoration at the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, located at the Boston National Historical Park. USS Constitution entered the yard’s Dry Dock 1 on May 18, 2015, and since then ship restorers and teams of Constitution Sailors have worked side-by-side to bring Old Ironsides back to her glory. The restoration included the replacement of 100 hull planks and the required caulking, the re-building of the ship’s cutwater on the bow, as well as the on-going preservation and repair of the ship’s rigging,...
  • Newly Restored USS Constitution Is Returning to the Water

    07/23/2017 5:40:17 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 50 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | 7/23/17 | CRYSTAL HILL
    Boston (AP) -- The USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat, will return Sunday to Boston's waters. The undocking of the "Old Ironsides" will mark the end of restoration work that started two years ago, officials said. A celebration will be held at the USS Constitution Museum. The wooden ship was launched in 1797 and earned its famous nickname notching victories in the War of 1812.
  • Trump says military "bigger, better, stronger" at USS Gerald R. Ford commissioning

    07/22/2017 11:14:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 22, 2017
    President Trump officially commissioned the U.S. Navy's newest and largest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, in Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday, applauding the military's strength. "When it comes to battle, we don't want a fair fight. We demand victory and we will have total victory, believe me," Mr. Trump said of the powerful aircraft carrier. "American steel and American hands have constructed a 100,000-ton message to the world," he added. "America's might is second to none."
  • Initial investigation blames Navy for USS Fitzgerald collision

    07/21/2017 12:29:13 PM PDT · by Mariner · 63 replies
    CNN ^ | July 21st, 2017 | By Barbara Starr
    (CNN)Preliminary findings in the investigation into the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine cargo ship off the coast of Japan in June suggest 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. "They did nothing until the last second," one official said. "A slew of things went wrong." A second official said the crash "will wind up being our (the US Navy's) fault." The collision between the Fitzgerald, a guided-missile destroyer, and the ACX Crystal on June 17...
  • Investigation Reveals Navy At Fault For Massive USS Fitzgerald Collision

    07/21/2017 10:42:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 104 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/21/2017 | Jonah Bennett
    A preliminary investigation into the collision of the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine cargo ship in June has revealed that the U.S. Navy is at fault. According to two defense officials who spoke with CNN, the crew aboard the USS Fitzgerald made numerous abysmal mistakes which led to the collision with the ACX Crystal in an area known for commercial shipping. The investigation is likely to result in recommendations for possible punishment, making the review “dual purpose.” “They did nothing until the last second,” one official said, speaking of the crew on the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. “A slew of things...
  • Senator McCain Introduces New Bill to Repeal Jones Act

    07/21/2017 10:53:04 AM PDT · by Oatka · 50 replies
    gCaptain ^ | July 18, 2017 | Mike Schuler
    (Note: On Wednesday, the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix released a statement saying that tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer, was associated with Senator McCain’s blood clot. The statement added that the tissue of concern was completely resected during last Friday’s procedure, and the Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options, which may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. The statement went on to say that “the Senator’s doctors say he is recovering from his surgery ‘amazingly well’ and his underlying health is excellent.” It is unclear...
  • EXCLUSIVE-U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning-container ship captain

    06/26/2017 5:56:24 AM PDT · by AU72 · 345 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 26, 2017 | Tim Kelly
    TOKYO, June 26 (Reuters) - A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship's captain. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are under way into how the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17 Those who died were in their berthing compartments, while the Fitzgerald's commander was...
  • An Inch of Water. What's it Worth? (maritime shipping)

    06/23/2017 7:29:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    National Ocean Service ^ | June 23, 2017 | NOS News
    Our nation’s ports are the lifelines of our economy. In 2016, foreign trades through U.S. ports were valued at $1.5 trillion—$475 billion exports and $1.0 trillion imports were moved by vessels. When goods travel through ports, it means they are traveling via ship. NOS is in the business of making sure that mariners—and the goods they are transporting—make it to their destinations safely and quickly. Just as airplane pilots need to know current weather and ground conditions, ship captains need to know exactly what's going on in the water and in the air. NOS monitoring systems supply mariners with the...
  • President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

    06/22/2017 4:10:25 PM PDT · by Cementjungle · 4 replies
    White House ^ | 06/21/2017 | Office of the Press Secretary
    Mark H. Buzby of Virginia to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. Rear Admiral Buzby is a retired Navy Rear Admiral whose career spanned 34 years, serving in at sea billets, primarily in cruisers and destroyers. He commanded the USS CARNEY (DDG 64), Destroyer Squadron Thirty-One, Surface Warfare Officers School Command, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, and the Military Sealift Command. He also held key positions on the Navy Staff, the Joint Staff, and several fleet staffs. He is a recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star, and numerous other personal and unit awards. Buzby...
  • Mapping the ACX Crystal's collision with the USS Fitzgerald using publicly available info

    06/19/2017 4:55:31 PM PDT · by The Klingon · 123 replies
    Vessel of Interest Websit ^ | June 17, 2017 | Steffan Watkins
    Per the USNavy's 7th Fleet public affairs office; USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) was involved in a collision with a merchant vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time, June 17, while operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. The merchant vessel was the Filipino-flagged ACX Crystal container-ship (IMO:9360611) and she did have her AIS transponder on at the time of the incident. From the news footage below you'll notice an area of severe damage which looks to me to be from an impact at a perpendicular angle, and not a grazing strike, since there is no scraping or dragging...
  • USS Fitzgerald collision wasn't reported for nearly an hour, Japan says

    06/19/2017 10:20:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 214 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 19, 2017
    Last Updated Jun 19, 2017 11:37 AM EDTTOKYO -- Japan's coast guard is investigating why it took nearly an hour for a deadly collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a container ship to be reported. A coast guard official said Monday they are trying to find out what the crew of the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal was doing before reporting the collision off Japan's coast to authorities 50 minutes later. The ACX Crystal collided with the USS Fitzgerald off Japan's coast, killing seven of the destroyer's crew of nearly 300. The ships collided early Saturday morning, when the Navy said...
  • USS Fitzgerald Collision Update (Sailors found, bad news)

    06/17/2017 7:20:21 PM PDT · by proust · 265 replies
    U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs ^ | 6/17/2017 | U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
    YOKOSUKA, Japan -- A number of Sailors that were missing from the collision between USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and a merchant ship have been found. As search and rescue crews gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision this morning, the missing Sailors were located in the flooded berthing compartments. They are currently being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified. The families are being notified and being provided the support they need during this difficult time. The names of the Sailors will be released after all notifications are made.