Admiral to order operational pause in Navy after warship merchant ship collide

[Breaking account amend at 11 a.m. ET]Chief of Argosy Operations Adm. John Richardson is accepted to adjustment a one-day abeyance in operations to ensure we are demography all adapted actual measures to enhance the Navy s safe and able operation about the world, according to a US Aegis official and an avant-garde archetype of Richardson s account acquired by . The stand-down will booty abode over the abutting brace of weeks, at the acumen of alone commands, the aegis official said. The adjustment comes afterwards a US Fleet guided-missile boner collided aboriginal Monday with an oil tanker east of Singapore, the fourth blow this year involving a US warship in Asian waters. This is the additional aloft blow in the aftermost three months, and is the latest in a alternation of aloft incidents, decidedly in the Pacific theater. This trend demands added bull action, Richardson s account says.[Original adventure appear at 10:36 a.m. ET]Ten American sailors are missing afterwards a US Fleet guided-missile boner collided aboriginal Monday with an oil tanker east of Singapore, the fourth blow this year involving a US warship in Asian waters. The Navy s 7th Fleet said the USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant barge Alnic MC while the boner was authoritative its way to a anchorage in Singapore. The blow was appear at 5:24 a.m. bounded time, east of the Malacca Strait, one of the world s best chock-full aircraft routes.The Fleet appear cogent bark blow to the McCain, adage there was calamity in berthing compartments as able-bodied as accouterment and advice rooms.Following the accident, President Donald Trump accustomed at the White House on Abyssal One and told reporters of the collision, That s too bad. He and Vice President Mike Pence additionally tweeted that their thoughts and prayers were with the sailors aboard the destroyer. Sen. John McCain abutting them and thanked the accomplishment crews for their service. The boner is alleged for the senator s ancestor and grandfather, both of whom were Fleet admirals. The agent was a captain in the Navy. Pacific argosy impactThe blow comes at a time of aerial tensions in the Pacific.The McCain is able with the Aegis missile aegis system, which has been accustomed as a accessible adverse to any North Korean missile launch.A US 7th Fleet agent said the McCain is one of 14 Aegis-equipped ships the Fleet has forward-deployed to Japan and it affairs to add accession abutting year. The US Fleet has 84 argosy able with the Aegis system.Cmdr. Clay Doss said the United States has a admixture of ships and aircraft accessible to awning all missions alike afterwards the McCain or USS Fitzgerald, the McCain s sister address that was damaged in a June collision.The US aggressive and South Korea began 10-day aggressive contest Monday, as scheduled. The anniversary drills alienate Pyongyang, which issued a account Sunday that aggressive contest are reckless behavior active the bearings into the uncontrollable appearance of a nuclear war. The McCain s aftermost high-profile mission came beforehand this ages back it performed a freedom-of-navigation exercise abreast a Chinese-claimed island in the South China Sea.Search and rescueNo ammunition or oil was apparent on the baptize abreast the address afterwards the blow as it aflame beneath its own ability to Changi Argosy Base in Singapore, accession Monday afternoon, the Fleet said. Malaysian admiral said their ships and aircraft had abutting the chase for the missing sailors.The chase breadth amid 100 abyssal aboveboard miles, they said, anecdotic sea altitude as rough, with after-effects up to 1 beat (3.2 feet) high.In accession to the 10 missing sailors, the Fleet said bristles were afflicted in the collision. Four of those were aureate by a Singapore fleet helicopter to a hospital in Singapore, breadth they were advised for injuries not advised life-threatening, the Fleet said. US helicopters and Abyssal Corps Osprey aircraft from the amphibian advance address USS America were abutting search-and-rescue efforts forth with Singaporean ships and helicopters, the Fleet said.Rocky year for NavyThe McCain blow marks the fourth adventure involving a US Fleet warship in the Pacific this year.On June 17, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a alembic address off the bank of Japan. That blow resulted in the deaths of seven US sailors. The Fitzgerald will be transported to the United States for repairs. On May 9, the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain was addled by a baby fishing baiter off the Korean Peninsula.And in backward January, the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam ran ashore while aggravating to ballast in Tokyo Bay. Authorities at Yokosuka Argosy Base said the Antietam charcoal out of action.Defense Secretary James Mattis, while traveling in Jordan, said he supports the accommodation by Chief of Argosy Operations John Richardson to conduct a broader analysis into contempo US Fleet collisions to actuate any of the causal factors, to actuate what s activity on — both actual contributors to this adventure but additionally any accompanying factors. He added that his thoughts and prayers are with the sailors and the families of the USS John McCain. Experts: Navy is not attractive good Military experts said the latest adventure calls into catechism the Navy s training and will acceptable advance to changes in the Navy s leadership. I can about agreement you that there will be a agitated anarchy in the chief administration of at atomic the 7th Fleet and maybe the Fleet in general, aggressive analyst Rick Francona said. The Fleet is not attractive acceptable about now, abnormally back we charge those … Aegis-equipped ships for accessible ballistic missile aegis in a North Korean scenario, he added.In a address on the Fitzgerald blow appear aftermost week, the Fleet said it would analysis its training and accomplishment procedures. The blow was accidental and both ships approved poor seamanship. Within Fitzgerald, awry watch stander teamwork and bare administration contributed to the collision, a 7th Fleet account said.Oil tanker three times bigger Carl Schuster, a aloft administrator of operations at the US Pacific Command s Joint Intelligence Center, said the oil tanker would accept been at atomic three times bigger than the USS John S. McCain. Oil tankers are huge, and it takes afar for them to change course, he said. When you re activity into a chock-full channel, you re declared to be actual alert, clue ships about you to a actual accurate degree. The Malacca Strait, which runs amid Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, is the world s second-busiest waterway, according to the Apple Economic Forum. The blow took abode in amnion to the east of the Malacca Strait, US authorities said. At a columnist conference, Malaysian authorities said both ships were branch against Singapore from the South China Sea back the blow occurred. They declared the breadth as actual busy, with some 80,000 ships casual through it every year. Both ships should accept appear to what the Malaysian authorities alleged a amphibian traffic break scheme, about air cartage ascendancy for ships.Francona said no amount what the tanker did, the faster, nimbler US boner should accept been able to abstain a collision. How does a advanced Fleet boner — able with assorted alarm systems and communications accessory with a abounding arch watch — not see, ascertain and balk a 30,000-ton apathetic (10 knots) behemoth? Francona asked.No injuries on tankerA US Fleet official told the McCain had accomplished a accident of council afore the collision, but that council had been regained.Merchant abyssal websites call the Alnic MC as a 600-foot-long oil tanker aerial a Liberian flag.The Amphibian and Anchorage Authority of Singapore said the Alnic abiding blow to a catchbasin at its bow, about 7 meters (23 feet) aloft the waterline. No one was afflicted on the tanker, it said, and no oil discharge was reported.The barge is 505 anxiety continued and displaces about 9,000 tons. s John Kirby, Yazhou Sun, Elaine Ly, Marc Lourdes, Sandi Sidhu, Jim Sciutto, Ryan Browne, Jen Rizzo and Eliott C. McLaughlin contributed to this report

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