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Former Fitzgerald, McCain COs Face Negligent Homicide, Dereliction of Duty Charges Over Fatal Collisions

Former Fitzgerald, McCain COs Face Negligent Homicide, Dereliction of Duty Charges Over Fatal Collisions

Former USS Fitzgerald commander Cmdr. Bryce Benson (left), Former USS John S. McCain commander Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez (right). USNI News Image

This post has been updated to correct the name of the former commander of USS John S. McCain (DDG-56). The correct name is Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez. This post has also been updated with a statement from the service. 

The commanders of the two guided-missile destroyers that were involved in fatal collisions with merchant ships in 2017 will face military criminal charges that include dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel and negligent homicide, USNI News has learned. Read More

SWO Boss Rowden Out Early As Part of Additional Disciplinary Actions for Fatal McCain, Fitzgerald Collisions

SWO Boss Rowden Out Early As Part of Additional Disciplinary Actions for Fatal McCain, Fitzgerald Collisions

Outoging commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Vice Adm. Tom Rowden speaks with the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG-76) on Sept. 17, 2017. US Navy Photo

The head of U.S. naval surface forces will be replaced this week following the results of an independent investigation into the two fatal collisions in the Western Pacific that claimed the lives of 17 sailors, several defense officials confirmed to USNI News this week. Read More

Iron Fist 2018 Ramps Up Training as Japan Readies 1st Amphibious Unit

Iron Fist 2018 Ramps Up Training as Japan Readies 1st Amphibious Unit

Marines with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Soldiers with Western Army Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self Defense Force stand in formation as part of the Exercise Iron Fist 2018 opening ceremony on Jan. 12. US Marine Corps Photo

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — With its official operational date fast approaching, Japan’s first Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade kicked off the bilateral Iron Fist 2018 exercise on Friday with an opening ceremony alongside its Marine Corps hosts. It wasn’t a time for long speeches. Read More

USNI News Video: USS Wasp Arrives in Japan

USNI News Video: USS Wasp Arrives in Japan

The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) arrived in its new homeport of Sasebo, Japan on Jan. 14. The ship replaced USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) as the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship in U.S. 7th Fleet. Wasp is the first ship in the region that will regularly operate with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters. Read More

Navy Wants FY 2018 Amphib to be First-in-Class LX(R), Not a 14th LPD

Navy Wants FY 2018 Amphib to be First-in-Class LX(R), Not a 14th LPD

San Antonio-class amphib Portland (LPD-27) launches at Ingalls Shipbuilding. HII Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy wants the next amphibious ship it buys to be the first of the next-generation LX(R) amphibs rather than another “bridge ship” to the new class, two service officials said, after Congress appears to be leaving the choice to the Navy. Read More

Two Lawmakers Want 'Groundbreaking' Changes in How U.S. Navy is Organized, Communicates

Two Lawmakers Want ‘Groundbreaking’ Changes in How U.S. Navy is Organized, Communicates

USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) stands by before it is loaded onto the heavy lift transport vessel MV Transshelf. Transshelf will transport Fitzgerald to Pascagoula, Mississippi to complete repairs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William McCann/Released)

ARLINGTON, Va. – Two lawmakers today said the Navy needed to make “groundbreaking” changes in how it operates to avoid the readiness problems that contributed to last year’s fatal surface collisions that killed 17 sailors.
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U.S. and South Korea Delay Military Exercises Until After Olympics

U.S. and South Korea Delay Military Exercises Until After Olympics

The guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92), left, Republic of Korea destroyer ROKS Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong (DDG-993), guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73), Republic of Korea destroyer ROKS Yulgok Yi (DDG-992) and Republic of Korea patrol craft ROKS Kwang Myung (PCC-782) steam in formation during a bilateral maneuvering exercise near the Korean Peninsula on May 21, 2016. US Navy Photo

The U.S. and Republic of Korea announced a pair of annual large-scale military exercises will be delayed until after the conclusion of the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, just as the North and South are preparing for their first significant talks in years.

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