PressTV-US Navy punishes 4 more sailors over collisions

The US Navy has punished four more sailors over a string of deadly warship collisions that tarnished the force’s image last year.

The administrative penalties were issued after hearings held at the Navy’s 7th Fleet’s base at Yokosuka, Japan on January 25 but the Pentagon waited until Monday to publicize them.

The decisions were related to the June 2017 collision of the USS Fitzgerald with a containership off Japan and the August 2017 impact of the USS John McCain with an oil tanker off Singapore. At least seven sailors were killed in the first incident while the second one killed 10.

Handing down the sentences was Admiral James F. Caldwell who issued guilty verdicts for the Fitzgerald’s executive officer Commander Sean Babbitt, its command master chief CMC Brice Baldwin and an additional officer, as well as for one enlisted sailor from the McCain on charges of dereliction in performance of duties.

All of the sailors received formal…

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