More officers relieved of duty following deadly US Navy collisions

ABC News

ABC News

"Your presence here today reminds us of our sacred obligation ot look after the young people who serve in our military", McCain said, noting his personal connection with the USS John S. McCain, a guided-missile destroyer named after his father and grandfather.

Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of U.S. Seventh Fleet, ordered the relief of the commander of Task Force 70, Rear Adm. Charles Williams, and the commander of Destroyer Squadron 15, Capt. Jeffrey Bennett, "due to a loss of confidence in their ability to command". The Fitzgerald collided with a merchant tanker on June 7 and seven sailors died; the McCain collided with a tanker on August 21, which resulted in the deaths of 10 sailors, according to USNI.

Richardson shifted some blame to Congress, saying the pressure Navy commanders feel to meet high operational demands was exacerbated by "constrained funding levels and budget uncertainty", which impedes training schedules and budgeting for new ships and modern weapons, the admiral said.

Taylor Swift accused of plagiarising a song for Shake It Off - Here
Previously, Hall and Butler have worked with other prominent artists like Backstreet Boys, Justin Bieber , and Pink. The lyric from Sean and Nathan's song is, " Playas, they gonna play and haters, they gonna hate ".

Richardson also said that U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Scott Swift is standing up a Naval Surface Group Western Pacific "to consolidate authorities to oversee the training and certification of forward-deployed ships based in Japan". Prior to that, there also were two nonfatal mishaps involving Navy vessels. He formally assumed the CTF 70 post last summer.

U.S. Senator John McCain called on Tuesday for an immediate stop to U.S. sailors working over 100 hours a week as top Navy leaders struggled to explain a series of fatal naval collisions in the past few months. It added that Capt. Jonathan Duffy, deputy commander, DESRON-15, assumed duties as commander. In August, Sawyer replaced fleet commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, who was sacked after the accidents.

The Senate Armed Services hearing broadly condemned the deadly accidents as preventable, in a crowded room that included family members of a number of the sailors killed in two of the collisions. Among other things, the report said "crew size reductions contribute to sailor overwork and safety risks".

At long last, Gmail starts converting addresses and contact info into links
It really sounds weird, but Google's native Gmail app didn't have options to open phone numbers addresses via tapping on them. In the recent Android update, Google started allowing Gmail users to change their password and edit other account information.

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, and John Pendleton, Director of Defense Force Structure and Readiness Issues at the Government Accountability Office all testified in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"I don't know what specifically caused the accidents", Pendleton testified at the House hearing September 7.

PM should stop 'embarrassing' Pakistan with his statements: Ex-minister
The UN visit will be Abbasi's debut into the highest global diplomacy, after being sworn in as prime minister last month. The US is traditionally the second speaker on the opening day of the General Debate, after Brazil.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.