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Commanding officers of Aegis ships to face court-martial

  • January 17, 2018
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NHK reported this afternoon the U.S. Navy announced on Tuesday that the commanding officers of two U.S. Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions last year face court-martial and military criminal charges including negligent homicide. The network said the USS Fitzgerald, which was deployed in Yokosuka, collided with a container ship in waters off Shizuoka last June, killing seven crew members, and the USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant ship in the Malacca Straits last August, killing ten crew members. The network said the former commanding officer and some crew members of the Fitzgerald and the former commanding officer of the John S. McCain will face charges of dereliction of duty and negligent homicide. The network opined that as missions of U.S. Navy vessels deployed abroad are becoming intense in response to North Korea and China, some speculate that the response capability is perhaps declining due to a reduction in the number of exercises, saying that rebuilding the U.S. Navy is regarded as a major challenge. 

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