Lawmakers to Grill Navy Officials Over Fatal Mishaps

Lawmakers to Grill Navy Officials Over Fatal Mishaps
U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Joshua Fulton

Analyst: Readiness budget shortfalls an unlikely culprit

WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers plan to closely question the Navy over a string of fatal mishaps at sea, when officials appear on Capitol Hill next week, said Rep. Rob Wittman, who chairs the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.

A joint hearing of the House Readiness and Seapower Subcommittees on Sept. 7 will probe “underlying problems” with readiness associated with the collisions of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers Fitzgerald and John S. McCain, two months apart over the summer. The incidents left dead 10 of the McCain's sailors and seven of the Fitzgerald's. 
Even before the McCain and Fitzgerald collisions, there were two prior incidents involving the Japan-based U.S. 7th Fleet including a grounding and oil spill in Tokyo Bay and a collision with a Korean fishing boat.

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