August 23, 2017

Spate of mishaps, deadly accidents prompts Navy to examine training, leadership

Featuring Jerry Hendrix

Source: USA Today

Journalist Tom Vanden Brook

WASHINGTON — Inadequate training for sailors, poor leadership and high demands for ships at sea in the the Pacific will be key areas for naval investigators as they seek answers for the second deadly collision in two months, according to experts and officials.

Meanwhile, recovery of the missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain has been complicated by strong currents and poor visibility.

Those efforts will likely take significantly longer than the effort involving the USS Fitzgerald in June. Bodies of the seven sailors from that ship were recovered the next day. While some remains have been found on the McCain, many sailors remain missing.

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  • Jerry Hendrix

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Defense Program

    Jerry Hendrix was the Senior Fellow and the Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. A retired Captain in the United States Navy, his staff ...