Missteps caused US ship collision

The US Navy destroyer USS John S. McCain with the damage on its port side, seen off Changi Naval Base on Aug 21.
The US Navy destroyer USS John S. McCain with the damage on its port side, seen off Changi Naval Base on Aug 21. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

A series of missteps and ill-preparation by key personnel of US destroyer John S. McCain were largely to blame for its collision with an oil tanker in Singapore waters on Aug 21.

A detailed report by the US Navy said the commanding officer failed to deploy more manpower on watch duty before entering the congested Singapore Strait and made an unplanned reassigning of duties in the control room. The collision, which killed 10 US sailors, was the most fatal among four involving American warships this year in Asia waters.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 03, 2017, with the headline 'Missteps caused US ship collision'. Print Edition | Subscribe