Another one

SOUTH CHINA SEA (WCSC) – The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, according to officials with U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs.

There are ten sailors missing and five injured, officials say.
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-Rurik

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15 Responses to Another one

  1. golly!luis says:

    Someone just got fired.

  2. Doonhamer says:

    “There seems to be something wrong with our ships today.”
    When operating procedures made them easier to sink.
    And that was in a war.

  3. David says:

    What the Hell is going on in the Fleet?

  4. wildbill says:

    Sounds like this ship steers like the Senator flies. (Yes, I know it’s named for his father and/or his grandfather.)

  5. Nemo says:

    … and these guys think they can take on the Chinese Navy?

  6. nonncom says:

    WTF…..how freaking hard can it be to miss a fkn’ oil tanker…..this shit is starting to not look accidental….nobody is that damn stupid….if they can’t steer a ship, how the hell are they gonna’ steer a missile….condolences to those who lost family….

  7. Paulb says:

    Why would the navy name a ship after a senator that is still alive? Oh, wait, he’s on the appropriations committee, and loves defense contractor pork.
    Well, the ship’s namesake wasn’t very good at not crashing either, just like the ship.

    Jesus, why name your ship after a guyvwith insanely bad luck? Was the SS Lou Gherig already taken?

    Now, jokes aside, because there are 45 guys who have to play telephone before a navy ship can alter course 2 degrees, they’re absolutely rotten navigators and have bridge management skills worse than the retards that run dhows and rowboats across 3rd world ports all the time. Seriously, the 22 year old kids coming out of the maritime schools are far better trained as 3rd mates than a navy surface warfare officer when it comes to shiphandling. Navy ships are like the clap. Best avoided completely by smart merchant sailors.

    I hope and pray there are minimal casualties after this inevitable and predictable tragedy.

    • crazyeighter says:

      The ship was named for McCain’s grandfather and father, not the Senator.

      It collided with a Liberian-flagged tanker. Depending on crew makeup, it could have been deliberately rammed; tanker versus destroyer, who’s gonna lose that matchup?

  8. John Deaux says:

    Too much reliance on technology for ship operations, satellite navigation, gps steering and obviously a crew in the wheel house that lacks proper training and experience to do their jobs correctly
    Hopefully all is found safe

  9. riverrider says:

    jd above hit it. and there was a report last month that when a russian mig flew over one of these boats that the defense system just blinked out, went offline, for several seconds as it approached. there have been similar incidents with other systems going down at the worst time. if somebody spoofed the gps system it would show our ship 10 miles from where it actually is. the gps constellation uses the atomic clock to synchronize. the dod has feared for decades that someone could spoof the signal, change the clock, and render it useless for navigation, just like the james bond movie. “use your enemy’s strength as his weakness” sun tzu.

    • Andrew says:

      That’s why they have these people called… LOOKOUTS. Where was the damned watch? Playing games or fucking off?

      • bettysteve says:

        my guess would be eyeballs deep in farcebook instead of, you know, actually looking out not down.

  10. Antibubba says:

    Both ships are (were!) crucial links in the anti-ballistic missile shield against the Norks.

    Might be time to back off on the “Hellfire” bluster.

  11. Andrew says:

    Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three is enemy action.

    I think it is enemy action. No way this can be coincidence, considering how many scuds would have been fired under Pacific Fleet captains not to allow this to happen again.

  12. John Denney says:

    Radar has been used since WWII. What? Tankers and freighters have stealth tech now?

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