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(AP) -- The commander of U.S. naval operations has ordered a comprehensive
review to get to root causes after the collision this week between a Navy
destroyer and an oil tanker near Singapore.
Monday's early-morning crash is the latest "in a series of incidents in the
Pacific theater," Adm. John Richardson said in a video statement. "This trend
demands more forceful action."
Navy ships have been in at least four accidents in the Pacific this year:
JAN. 31: USS ANTIETAM
The commander of the USS Antietam was relieved of duty after the
guided-missile cruiser ran aground while it was anchoring near Yokosuka base,
the home port of the U.S. Navy's Japan-based 7th Fleet.
The ship's propellers were damaged, and it returned to Yokosuka with the
help of tugboats, the Navy said. About 1,100 gallons (4,000 liters) of
hydraulic fuel leaked into Tokyo Bay, according to media reports.
Capt. Joseph Carrigan was removed from command about a month later.
Stars and Stripes newspaper said an investigation report it obtained under
the Freedom of Information Act describes a series of errors and incorrect
judgments leading to the grounding.
MAY 9: USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN
A South Korean fishing boat collided with the USS Lake Champlain
guided-missile cruiser off the Korean Peninsula.
No one was injured, and both ships were able to sail away under their own
power, the Navy said.
The Champlain sounded its horn and tried to contact the fishing boat, but
the latter did not have a radio, the U.S. Naval Institute News website said,
citing an unnamed Defense official.
The San Diego-based Champlain was operating in the western Pacific for the
first half of the year as part of the 3rd Fleet's USS Carl Vinson aircraft
carrier strike group.
JUNE 17: USS FITZGERALD
Seven sailors died after a container ship collided with the USS Fitzgerald
guided-missile destroyer off Japan.
The collision tore a gash into the side of the Yokosuka-based ship, flooding
sleeping quarters and other areas.
The cause remains under investigation, but the Navy relieved the ship's
commanding officer and two other senior officers on Friday, just three days
before the latest collision.
The Navy said "the collision was avoidable and both ships demonstrated poor
AUG. 21: USS JOHN S. McCAIN
Ten sailors are missing after the USS John S. McCain guided-missile
destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore.
The collision left a gaping hole in the destroyer's hull, flooding adjacent
compartments including crew berths and machinery and communications rooms.
There was no immediate explanation for the collision. Singapore, at the
southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, is one of the world's busiest ports and a
U.S. ally, with its naval base regularly visited by American warships.