After a Spate of Accidents, Does the U.S. Navy Face a Readiness Crisis?

Damage to the portside is visible as the USS John S. McCain steers toward a naval base in Singapore following a collision, Aug. 21, 2017 (U.S. Navy photo via AP).
Damage to the portside is visible as the USS John S. McCain steers toward a naval base in Singapore following a collision, Aug. 21, 2017 (U.S. Navy photo via AP).

Four accidents involving the U.S. surface Navy in the Pacific in recent months, two of them deadly, have led to warnings of a readiness crisis at sea. These warnings received additional salience when a Navy resupply aircraft crashed in the Philippines Sea on Nov. 22, killing three of the 11 crew and passengers. The spate of deadly incidents has led the Navy to examine how it trains, equips and sustains its force to operate ever more complex missions with a shrinking fleet. The Navy’s leadership in late October released the findings of investigations into the collisions involving the USS John […]

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