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Naval Officers of Crashed Ships Face Charges

Naval Officers of Crashed Ships Face Charges

On Tuesday, the Navy said it would convene Article 32 hearings to consider court-martialing Cmdr. Admiral James Caldwell, the head of the U.S. Navy's nuclear power program, was named the Consolidated Disposition Authority, in charge of investigations for both incidents and responsible for recommending any additional disciplinary action stemming from those investigations.

Earlier in the day, Defense News reported that the navy's top surface warfare officer was expected to resign in light of an upcoming recommendation that he be relieved of duties.

The commander of the 7th Fleet has already been dismissed.

The two deadly accidents, along with a string of other mishaps, has forced the Navy to do some serious soul searching in general.

In June, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippines cargo ship off Japan, resulting in the deaths of seven USA sailors. The destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in coastal waters off Singapore in August, killing 10 USA sailors. A chief petty officer also faces one possible charge of dereliction of duty.

In September, following the two collisions, US naval surface forces chief Vice Adm. Tom Rowden agreed to leave his post early. Before those you'd have to go back to 1990 to find the case of a court-martialed commanding officer - one that has much in common with the Fitzgerald and McCain collisions.

Fewer officers from the McCain are being charged. Bryce Benson, said Capt. Greg Hicks, Navy chief of information. They and Benson face charges of negligent homicide, dereliction of duty and hazarding a vessel.

The announcement of a hearing and of court-martial charges "is not meant to and does not reflect a determination of guilt or innocence related to any offenses", the statement said. At the moment, the Navy notes, all involved are "entitled to a presumption of innocence".

In addition, four members from the Fitzgerald and four from the McCain are facing administrative actions.

The top Navy commander of America's surface warfare forces in the Pacific is expected to resign under pressure this week over two accidents a year ago that cost the lives of 17 sailors at sea, it was reported on Tuesday. Jessie Sanchez. On the Fitzgerald, the Navy removed Benson, Cmdr. "There are roughly, I'd say, 1,200 commanding officers at all ranks".

The Navy's investigative report said that numerous decisions leading to the Fitzgerald crash were the result of poor judgment and decision-making by the commanding officer.

A second report called for about 60 recommended changes to address the problems. The ship's commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief were relieved two months later. According to the results of the investigation, this was the result of many small mistakes, which over time led to non-compliance with shipping practices.

Divers found the missing sailors after they were able to gain access to parts of the USS Fitzgerald that were damaged in the collision.

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