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As expected U.S. Navy to remove commander of 7th Fleet amid latest accidents: “Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin — a three-star commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet based in Yokosuka, Japan — will be relieved of his duty Wednesday for loss of confidence in the wake of four accidents.”

This is standard procedure. Three front line vessels are out of service and 17 sailors are dead or missing. This requires strong ‘medicine’ during peace time.

The current information is that the steering on the McCain failed just before the collision. No information as ot why the crew didn’t increase speed to avoid the collision, or why the collision alarm wasn’t sounded.

The ABC has an explainer on the ‘traffic rules’ on the ocean.

NPR has a nice little history lesson: Confederate Statues Were Built To Further A ‘White Supremacist Future’ – they aren’t about history, they are about intimidation.

August 22, 2017   13 Comments