The US Navy has sacked top three commanders of the guided Arleigh Burke class destroyer, USS Fitzgerald that was involved in a collision with a merchant ship leading to the death of seven sailors and millions in damages.
USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) commander Cmdr. Bryce Benson, executive officer Cmdr. Sean Babbitt and command master chief CMC Brice Baldwin were removed from their positions by U.S. 7th Fleet commander Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin this week based on the early results of several investigations into the June 17 collision between the destroyer and the merchant ship ACX Crystal, the Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran was quoted as saying by USNI on Thursday.
The Filipino-flagged ACX Crystal collided with the USS Fitzgerald in the early hours of 17 June in Tokyo Bay, causing a large gash below the water line of the destroyer and flooding lower decks, BBC reported.
The US Navy has concluded that the injuries and death aboard USS Fitzgerald occurred in the line of duty. The US Navy has posthumously advanced the 7 sailors killed to the next rank.
The US Navy will commission the Expeditionary Sea Base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) during a 5 p
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The Pentagon has awarded $68 million worth contract to Lockheed Martin to support the restoration of the US Navys damaged guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald. Last June, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship while transiting busy sea lanes outside Tokyo Bay after the junior officer in charge on the bridge disregarded standard navigational and maneuvering practices
Irans homegrown destroyer Damavand has fully sunk in the Caspian Sea a couple of weeks after it suffered damages during the stormy weather of Anzali Port, Iran, Caspian Sea. The video footage obtained by Mizan Online shows Iranian Navy frigate reportedly sank on Sunday, January 28, that had crashed with Anzali Ports jetty on January 10 and suffered minor damages when docking at the port
Huntington Ingalls has won $63 million modification contract for the execution of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) emergent repair and restoration. This effort shall provide for the initial collision ripout phase of an availability which will include a combination of maintenance, modernization, and collision repair of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), the US department of defense said in a statement last Friday
Huntington Ingalls is being awarded a $29.4 million contract for initial planning of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) emergent repair and restoration
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (LM RMS) is being awarded a $15,475,217 firm-fixed price modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-5114) to support the restoration of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62). “This procurement is to initiate restoration of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) leading to mission ready condition,” a US DoD contract announcement said Friday
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