Saturday, June 17, 2017

This is something like the second collision in a month of a US warship and a cargo ship.

This appears to be human error and this is not simply a bumper accident. How much human error, how much shipping lane traffic and how much deliberate attack? This is serious, sailors are missing and the destroyer is badly disabled. The USS Fitzgerald is a member of the Carl Vinson carrier group.

The USA has deployed their ships into the Sea of Japan to monitor and intercept the missiles of North Korea. A destroyer helps protect the carrier and interferes with any military assault against it. This mission is not a minor detail in the region and what the heck are USA military ships doing shipping lanes?

Who was piloting the freighter? A distant cousin of Kim? 

June 16, 2017
By Toru Hanai and Megumi Li

Tokyo - Search and rescue (click here) efforts went on after dark for seven U.S. sailors missing after the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship more than three times its size off eastern Japan early on Saturday.

The Fitzgerald, an Aegis guided missile destroyer, collided with the merchant vessel some 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, the Navy said.

Three aboard the destroyer had been medically evacuated to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, including the ship's commanding officer, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, who was reported to be in stable condition, the Navy said. The other two were being treated for lacerations and bruises, while other injured were being assessed aboard the ship, it said.

The USS Fitzgerald sailed into port on Saturday evening but search and rescue efforts by U.S. and Japanese aircraft and surface vessels were continuing for the seven missing sailors, the Navy said. Their names are being withheld until the families have been notified, it added.

Benson took command of the Fitzgerald on May 13. He had previously commanded a minesweeper based in Sasebo in western Japan....

April 27, 2017
By Zachary Cohen

Washington - A US destroyer (click here) rescued two pilots and a crewman Wednesday after their Navy helicopter crashed in the waters near Guam, according to the service.

A medical team aboard the USS Dewey examined the helicopter crew and reported no apparent injuries.

The incident occurred as the MH-60R Sea Hawk was performing "routine flight operations," with the cause of the crash currently under investigation, the Navy said in a press release....

What is the ready status of the USA military? Retiring increase? Resignation increase? What is going on? It seems to me to be a lot of interplay in the region of North Korea and the Philippines. This is not normal.

There were a lot of retirements and such during the "W" years and the military was forced to advance officers that may not have been ready. What is going on?

We have a commander and chief that leaks ship locations to despots. How much of this is new personnel and/or new commands and how much is worrisome and possibly attacks on the USA Navy. What degree of disablement has the Navy experienced since January 20, 2017? 

Disabling a military is a real strategy. Cargo ships the size of a small mountain are destroying USA Destroyers? Really?

Apr 21, 2017

F-18 Jet From USS Carl Vinson Heading to North Korea Crashes Near Philippines

A pilot ejected an F/A-18E fighter jet on its final approach to the USS Carl Vinson as the carrier steamed north toward the Korean Peninsula,