Showing posts with label Sea Accident. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sea Accident. Show all posts

November 19, 2017

Another 7 Fleet Destroyer Loses Propulsion, Tug Boat Crashes Into It in Japan's Sagami Bay

U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer USS Benfold in Qingdao, China in 2016.

U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold in Qingdao, China in 2016.
In the latest of a string of marine mishaps, a U.S. warship crashed into a Japanese tugboat in Japan’s Sagami Bay on Saturday.
The tugboat lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a routine towing exercise, according to a press release from the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet. No injuries or fatalities resulted from the incident, and damage to the Benfold, a guided-missile destroyer ship, was minimal, according to the release.
While the crash was relatively harmless, it adds to a troubling trend for the 7th Fleet: Saturday’s collision in the Pacific was the fleet’s fifth this year. Most recently, in August, the USS John S. McCain collided with a commercial boat off the coast of Singapore, killing 10 U.S. sailors, taking the warship out of commission and prompting a fleet-wide operational pause.  The Benfold, on the other hand, sustained only minor scrapes on its sides. It remains on the water and autonomously powered, though the Navy news release says the incident will be fully investigated. 


August 29, 2017

Navy Recovers The Bodies of All 10 Sailors Missing of USS John S.McCain


The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain moored pier side at Changi naval base in Singapore.
[Photo Grady T. Fontana/AP]
The U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet announced Sunday that the remains of all 10 missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain have been recovered.
The remains were recovered from the ship's flooded compartments by U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers. The Navy has released the identities of the sailors.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer collided with the Liberian-flagged commercial tanker Alnic MC before dawn local time last Monday, in waters east of the Strait of Malacca and Singapore. The incident is under investigation.
The waterway is one of the world's most congested shipping lanes. After the collision, the McCain proceeded to Singapore under its own power.
This is the fourth mishap this year involving a U.S. Navy warship in the Far East.
In June the USS Fitzgerald, another Arleigh Burke-class destroyer with the 7th Fleet, collided with a merchant's vessel off the coast of Japan, killing seven sailors. In January the 7th Fleet's Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Antietam ran aground near Yokosuka, Japan, where the fleet is based.


In May another Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, the 3rd Fleet's USS Lake Champlain, collided with a fishing boat in international waters off the Korean Peninsula.
The commander of the 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, was relieved of command last Wednesday, only weeks before his scheduled retirement.

MARK KATKOV
NPR

August 22, 2017

Admiral Orders Fleet Wide Investigation After Four Accidents in Asia Within 1 yr



Damage to the port side of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is visible as the ship steers toward Changi Naval Base in Singapore following an early-morning collision Monday morning. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/U.S. Navy)
The Navy’s top admiral on Monday ordered a fleetwide review of seamanship and training in the Pacific after the service’s fourth major accident at sea this year, following a collision of the USS John S. McCain off Singapore that left 10 sailors missing.
The collision, which occurred about 6:24 a.m. with an oil tanker three times the McCain’s size east of the Straits of Malacca, could be the Navy’s second deadly ship collision in two months. On June 17, the destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided off the coast of Japan with a much heavier container ship, drowning seven sailors after a berthing compartment inside the ship flooded in less than a minute.
In addition, the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain collided with a South Korean fishing vessel on May 9 off the Korean Peninsula, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam ran aground Jan. 31 in Tokyo Bay, near its homeport of Yokosuka, Japan.
Navy Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, ordered an “operational pause” and a deeper look at how the service trains and prepares its forces to operate around Japan, the Navy said in a statement. 
“The review will include, but not be limited to trends in operational tempo, performance, maintenance, equipment, and personnel,” the statement said. “It will also focus on surface warfare training and career development, including tactical and navigational proficiency. The investigative team will be diverse, including people from across the Navy (both officer and enlisted), and experts from outside the Navy — other services, and the private sector — to help ensure we are not missing anything.”

August 21, 2017

USS McCain Destroyer Collides with Merchant Ship 10 Sailors Missing



 USS McCain

A search and rescue mission is underway, the Navy says, after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant's vessel on Monday.
"The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore," the Navy said in a statement.
Ten sailors are missing and another five are injured.
The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. local time, on a routine visit to a Singapore port. "The ship is sailing under its own power and heading to port," the statement reads.  
Early investigation shows the destroyer "sustained damage to her port side aft," the Navy adds. It's unclear whether the Alnic MC, an oil and chemical tanker, or its crew were affected by the crash.
The Navy said USS America aircraft were assisting, in addition to the Singaporean tugboats and naval and coast guard vessels in the area.
It's the second accident involving a Navy ship and a cargo ship in recent months, after another destroyer collision in June killed seven sailors. After an investigation into the incident, the Navy relieved two of the ship's senior leaders last week due to inadequate leadership, while commending the crew.
NPR


A file image of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain. Picture: AFP
A file image of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain. Picture: AFP A US navy guided-missile destroyer is fighting flooding and a sea search has been mounted for ten missing sailors following a collision with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore earlier today, the second collision involving a US warship in as many months.
The Navy’s 7th Fleet command said the USS John S McCain collided with the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC around 5.24am (AEST 07.24am) as it headed to Singapore for a port visit.
The accident occurred near the Malacca Strait, one of the world’s busiest and most congested shipping lanes.
Five sailors were also injured in the collision, the US Navy said in a statement.
“Four of the injured were medically evacuated by a Republic of Singapore Navy Puma helicopter to a hospital in Singapore for non-life threatening injuries. The fifth injured Sailor does not require further medical attention,” the statement said.
Search and rescue efforts are now underway for the missing sailors with helicopters and surveillance aircraft deployed from the amphibious assault ship USS America. Singapore and Malaysia have also sent ships and aircraft to the area to join the effort.


Ten sailors are missing and five injured after the McCain collided with a tanker east of Singapore.
Ten sailors are missing and five injured after the McCain collided with a tanker east of Singapore.
A US Navy official told CNN the USS John S McCain had experienced a loss of steering before the collision with the 30,000 ton, 600-foot long oil tanker but was steaming under its own power to port despite limited propulsion and electrical power.
Initial reports indicate the US ship sustained damage to its rear left side.
Just last week the US Navy took disciplinary action against a dozen sailors, including two senior commanders, from the USS Fitzgerald navy destroyer which collided on June 17 with a merchant ship, resulting in the deaths of seven US sailors.
The two top officers were relieved of their posts after a review found them guilty of “inadequate leadership”, and that the collision off the coast of Japan was “avoidable”.
In total the US navy has suffered four mishaps in the Pacific this year.
On May 9, the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain was struck by a small fishing boat off the Korean Peninsula.
In late January, the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam ran aground while trying to anchor in Tokyo Bay.
All four of the US warships are equipped with the Aegis missile defense system, which has been touted as a possible defense against any North Korean missile launch that might endanger US forces and US allies in Asia.
The USS John S. McCain, based at the US 7th Fleet’s homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, is named for the father and grandfather of US Senator John McCain, both of whom were US Navy admirals.
Shortly after this morning’s collision Senator McCain, a former captain in the US Navy, posted a message on Twitter expressing concern for the fate of the ship’s sailors.
“Cindy and I are keeping America’s sailors aboard the USS John S McCain in our prayers tonight _ appreciate the work of search and rescue crews,” he tweeted.
Earlier this month, the 505 foot long McCain carried out a freedom-of-navigation operation in the South China Sea, sailing within six nautical miles of Mischief Reef, one of the artificial islands built by China in the Spratlys.
The ship has a crew of 23 officers, 24 chief petty officers, and 291 sailors

The Australian

April 17, 2014

Captain and Crew Safe 287 People Unaccounted on Ferry Accident


South Korean Coast Guard officers search for missing

The parents of hundreds of children missing after Wednesday's ferry accident off the coast of South Korea have accused the captain of the vessel of abandoning passengers after it emerged that he and six other crew members were among the first to leave the ship after it started to sink.
The captain, Lee Joon-seok, who is reportedly in his 60s, escaped from the 6,835-ton Sewol just 40 minutes after the vessel apparently ran aground and started to list severely.
Survivors and the families of 287 people, most of them teenagers, who are thought to be trapped inside the sunken vessel directed their anger towards Lee, according to South Korean media reports, as rescue efforts continued in the dim hope that some of the missing passengers might still be alive. Navy divers tried to enter the capsized ship more than 10 times on Thursday, but were hampered by strong currents and poor visibility.
Local officials said 287 people remained unaccounted for more than a day after the vessel, with 475 on board, quickly sank in what may be South Korea's worst ferry disaster for two decades. Twenty people, including five high school pupils and two teachers, are known to have died, while 179 have been confirmed safe, including most of the 30 crew members, South Korean media said.
Lee, his face hidden by a grey hoodie, told reporters at the coastguard offices that he felt "really sorry for the passengers, victims and their families and am deeply ashamed. I don't know what to say." He had earlier been criticized after he was seen drying wet banknotes on his bed while being interviewed by journalists. 
Kim Jae-in, a coastguard spokesman, said coastguard officials were questioning Lee, but denied earlier reports that the ferry had turned too swiftly when it was supposed to make a slow turn. He also declined to say whether the ferry had strayed from its usual route.
The tragedy was given added poignancy by text messages sent by pupils among those thought to be trapped inside the ship. "Sending this in case I may not be able to say this again. Mum, I love you," said Shin Young-jin.
Kim Woong-ki, a 16-year-old pupil pleaded with his brother to help in a text sent after the ship listed suddenly to one side. "My room is tilting about 45 degrees. My mobile is not working very well," Kim texted. His brother attempted to reassure him, saying: "So don't panic and just do whatever you're told to do. Then you'll be fine."
An 18-year-old female pupil identified only as Shin texted her father to tell him not to worry. "I'm wearing a life vest and am with other girls. We're inside the ship, still in the hallway," she told him. Her father's response, urging her to get out, arrived too late.
"Dad, I can't," she said in her final message. "The ship is too tilted. The hallway is crowded with so many people."
Distraught parents who travelled to the southern island of Jindo to be near the scene of the accident reacted angrily to reports that the ship's passengers, including 325 pupils from Danwon high school in the Seoul suburb of Ansan, had initially been told to stay in their cabins rather than head to the emergency exits.
A crew member said an evacuation order had been issued 30 minutes after the accident, but several survivors said they did not hear any instructions to abandon ship. There was speculation that the order was not relayed to passengers on the public address system.
Some relatives threw water at the South Korean prime minister, Chung Hong-won, during a visit to the Jindo gymnasium. "How dare you come here with your chin up?" one screamed at him. "Would you respond like this if your own child was in that ship?"
Another blocked Chung's path as he tried to leave, saying: "Don't run away, Mr prime minister! Please tell us what you're planning to do."
A rescued pupil confirmed that passengers had been told to stay in their seats or cabins after the ship struck what may have been an underwater rock and began to list.
"We must have waited 30 to 40 minutes after the crew told us to stay put," the pupil said. "Then everything tilted over and everyone started screaming and scrambling to get out."
Another passenger, Koo Bon-hee, said more people might have escaped had there been an immediate evacuation order.
"The rescue wasn't done well. We were wearing life jackets. We had time," said Koo, 36, who was on his way to Jeju island - the ship's intended destination - on a business trip with a colleague.
"If people had jumped into the water … they could have been rescued. But we were told not to go out."
But instead of ordering passengers to leave, officers on the bridge were trying to stabilise the vessel, a crew member said.
The Sewol's wreckage is in waters just north of Byeongpung island, located about 470km (290 miles) from Seoul.
Three vessels equipped with cranes are due to arrive on Friday today to help with the rescue and salvage the ship. The rescue operation now involves 169 boats, including 26 navy ships, and 29 aircraft, Kang Byung-kyu, the minister for security and public administration, was quoted as saying by Yonhap.
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