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"John McCain" spoiled the reputation of the American fleet

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“Such incidents are rare, but two in one summer, both times involving the 7th fleet... It's overwhelming! ” - this is how American experts evaluated the collision of the US Navy destroyer John McCain and a tanker in the Pacific Ocean. Russian experts advise the Pentagon to think about the qualifications of its captains, and the Chinese authorities see American ships as a threat to international navigation.


Collisions of US warships in the Pacific are beginning to become something mundane. This time, the destroyer "John McCain" crashed on Monday, the plane of which rammed the tanker Alnic MC in the Strait of Malacca, not far from Singapore.

Unfortunately, there were no casualties - 10 crew members of the destroyer went missing, 5 were injured. There are no casualties on the civil vessel.

One of the first condolences was expressed by the “namesake” of the destroyer, Republican Senator John McCain (the ship was named simultaneously in honor of the father and grandfather of the senator; both were admiral). “This is very bad,” said US President Donald Trump briefly.

The reaction of China was more emotional, with particular attention to the water area of ​​the South China Sea (where the incident occurred and where the disputed islands to which China pretends are located).

The command of the US Navy's 7 Fleet promised to investigate the incident in the near future. In the meantime, search and rescue operations are being conducted at the scene of the collision. But at the moment there is no information about the missing sailors. Of the injured, four were evacuated to the hospital by the SA 330 Puma helicopter of the Singapore Navy, the fifth does not need to be evacuated. Navy ships of Singapore and Malaysia, as well as the American amphibious assault ship America, have already set off to help victims of the accident.

The collision of ships at sea, and especially with the participation of the destroyer, is in itself a rather extraordinary event. However, even more piquancy to the incident gives the fact that

This is the second accident in the Pacific Ocean in two months, in which the US Navy's 7 fleet is involved.

In late June, the board of the destroyer Fitzgerald ("Fitzgerald") with a bow bulb rammed a Philippine merchant vessel in the waters of Japan. Then, as a result of the accident killed seven American sailors.

It should be noted that just a few days before the incident with “John McCain”, the leadership of the American Navy actually admitted guilt for the incident two months ago. The fleet command dismissed the commander of the Fitzgerald and announced punishments against other officers of the ship, although the investigation into the collision is still ongoing.

What happened to "John McCain"?

The destroyer moved east of the Strait of Malacca to make a "routine" call at the port of Singapore. However, in 6.24 in the morning, according to the Japanese standard time (00.24 Moscow time), he received a blow to the back of the port side from the tanker Alnic MC. The circumstances that caused the accident are still unknown. The American ship was seriously damaged, but thanks to the efforts of the crew it remained on the move and independently headed for the Singapore port. The tanker escaped with only minor injuries to the bow.

"John McCain" - destroyer with guided missile weapons The Arleigh Burke class (URO) (“Arleigh Burke”), has been in operation since 1992, and is part of the US Navy's 7 fleet.

This is a fairly large ship. Its displacement is more than 8 thousand tons, the length is more than 150 m, the width is about 20 m, and the crew consists of 338 people.

"John McCain" spoiled the reputation of the American fleet


The ship participated in the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, during which 39 launched Tomahawk missiles.

In 2009, a slight collision occurred with the destroyer of a Chinese submarine, which damaged the towed sonar detection system. Recently, the ship was based at the port of Yokosuka in Japan. In early August, he, without the permission of the Chinese authorities, passed near the Mishchif Reef from the Spratly Islands (Nansha). In response, the Chinese Foreign Ministry accused the United States of gross violation of its sovereignty and international law.

Alnic MC is the built 2008 tanker used to transport oil and chemicals. The ship sails under the flag of Liberia, however, it is chartered by the Greek shipping company Stealth Maritime Corporation. It is much larger than the American destroyer. The length is 183 m, the width is 32 m, and the displacement ranges from 30 to 50 thousand tons, depending on the load. It was reported that at the time of the accident the ship was going without cargo.

Collision in the sea rather unusual incident

“The number of failures that must occur for something like this to happen makes it a rare occurrence. Sailors monitor radar devices around the clock, they have several sailors who are on duty on the bridge, where they also have radar devices, and they have at least one sentinel at the stern of the ship to observe exactly in case of situations of this kind. ”- said American Navy veteran David Larter.

“Any collision of two ships in any ocean or in any river is not normal. This is a violation of the international rules for the prevention of collisions of ships at sea (MPPCSS), ”explained Konstantin Sivkov, Doctor of Military Sciences, captain of the first rank of the reserve, to the VIEW newspaper. We must understand who is to blame, he stressed. In any case, this is an emergency situation that occurred as a result of a violation by one of the commanders or both of these MPPSSs, he added.
“This is a nonstandard situation,” Admiral Igor Kasatonov, adviser to the chief of the General Staff of Russia, former commander-in-chief of the Black Sea Fleet, stressed in his commentary of the VIEW newspaper. According to him, this could happen due to the fact that little attention was paid to observation in the long voyage. The fact that the commander of the destroyer made such a collision could indicate his poor preparation, the source said.

Four accidents involving US Navy ships for 7 months

“Collisions such as these are very rare, and two in one summer, both involving the 7 fleet based in Japan, are overwhelming,” said David Larter.

However, these two accidents do not end the adventures of the American fleet in the Pacific.

In February of this year, the rocket cruiser Entitym ran aground in Tokyo Bay, damaging both propellers and the hub of one of them (the repair cost is estimated at 4,2 million dollars).

No one was hurt, however, as a result of the incident, thousands of liters of hydraulic oil were poured into the sea around 4,2. In addition, in May of this year, another Lake Korean Champion of the same Tikonderoga class cruised a South Korean fishing vessel in international waters near the Korean Peninsula. However, then no one was hurt either, and both ships remained on the move.

“With such an intensity of clashes, of course, the American command must think about the qualifications of the command personnel of the US ship fleet,” Sivkov stressed. Nothing else, except for the problems with the qualifications of the commanders of the ships of the US Navy, according to him, four accidents for 7 months cannot be explained.

“This is a lack of competence, the level of training, control, and the entire school commander in the US Navy,” Kasatonov stressed. In his opinion, the school, the level of training and the responsibility of the senior commanders, who are also responsible for this, are the things that should be worked on to solve this problem.

“We can only condole, because behind this are human sacrifices,” he added. The interviewee also stressed that this creates an increased probability of accidents. But if the tanker is loaded and, say, 12 thousand tons of oil spill - it will be an environmental disaster, he said.
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  1. Monarchist
    Monarchist 23 August 2017 16: 05
    +6
    I have a suspicion that the captain of "Makein" has the brains of Senator Makein, that is, a senile captain. But in general, remember the words of Wrangel: "what you call a ship So he will sail."
    I’m worried that they don’t name the ship in the name of the baboon or the Mises of the Cuckold, otherwise the destroyer “Baboon” will still ram some liner. Well, if with the relatives of Babkin, and if with normal?
    1. kashtak
      kashtak 23 August 2017 16: 31
      +6
      Quote: Monarchist
      remember the words of Wrangel: "what you call a ship So he will sail."

      amendment, not Wrangel but Wrungel. Wrangel from another book. feel
    2. Same lech
      Same lech 23 August 2017 16: 49
      +3
      Burn McCain more ... smile it’s just not talent, but talent for such incidents.
    3. Duisenbay Bankankulov
      Duisenbay Bankankulov 23 August 2017 20: 50
      +3
      The monarchist in a downed pilot's brains began to boil after captivity, as the saying goes, what kind of owner is such a dog ...
  2. Boa kaa
    Boa kaa 23 August 2017 16: 22
    +7
    All this is strange. After all, the task of the discrepancy is solved by the navigation computer or BIOS.
    Here, either the data entered is incorrect, or they drag out the time with the issuance of commands to the steering wheel and the car,
    or BIUS considers the discrepancy in the geometric center of the ship, without taking into account its dimensions! Therefore, either the muzzle is slipped under the stem of the container ship, then the tail does not have time to remove from under the tanker ...
    But in any case, there should be a watch officer (watch officer) who monitors the maneuver of the ship and must always be ready for emergency actions to prevent bulk, collisions, taking into account the inertia of the ship and the working hours of the mechanisms. At least we were taught this way in lieutenantry. Also, on a W-26 tablet, they managed to prolong all this manually ...
    So what then is the preparation for amas, if in the simplest conditions they pour like acorns from an oak !?
    Obviously, something is wrong in the kingdom of civilian ...
    IMHO.
    1. NEXUS
      NEXUS 23 August 2017 17: 07
      +4
      Quote: Boa constrictor KAA
      Here, either the data entered is incorrect, or they drag out the time with the issuance of commands to the steering wheel and the car,

      If a fool is given a dildo in his hands, he will either bend the tool, or he will ... wassat And the technique has nothing to do with it, if the handguns use it.
      Quote: Boa constrictor KAA
      But in any case, there should be a watch officer (officer in charge)

      And here is the first handshake. wink
      Quote: Boa constrictor KAA
      Obviously, something is wrong in the kingdom of civilian ...

      Of course ... there the bacillus started-McCain is called ... the infected turn into shaggy downs. hi
    2. brn521
      brn521 24 August 2017 12: 31
      +1
      Quote: Boa constrictor KAA
      All this is strange. After all, the task of the discrepancy is solved by the navigation computer or the BIOS

      It’s even incredible somehow. Even a simple civilian boil even raises a screech, if you want, you can’t oversleep. In general, we remove their junk from Arly Berkov, instead we put boils from river vessels, instead of a speaker we connect a ship's siren. Then there will be a chance that the American fleet will still survive to combat use. And another important point - those characters who do not know how to swim should keep watch. Maybe then they won't oversleep.
  3. Tsoy
    Tsoy 23 August 2017 16: 57
    +1
    It should be noted that just a few days before the incident with “John McCain”, the leadership of the American Navy actually admitted guilt for the incident two months ago. The fleet command dismissed the commander of the Fitzgerald and announced punishments against other officers of the ship, although the investigation into the collision is still ongoing.


    The merchant's captain was fired in disgrace. According to preliminary data, it was he who was to blame, but the Navy decided that part of the blame for the incident rests with its captain. So the question is not only in the qualifications of the military, but also civilian skills. And so I think someone found a cheap way to podnasrat America. The same China. Gave a couple of tens of thousands to the captain from Malaysia or Singapore, and he "inadvertently" rammed a military ship in a disputed region. As a result, the loss of several hundred million and the failure of a combat ship, and the minimum liability.

    Well this is a joke ... I guess ...
    1. outsmarted
      outsmarted 24 August 2017 00: 05
      +3
      Both captains and watchmen of both ships / ships are always to blame for the collision.
      1. Nikolai Grek
        Nikolai Grek 24 August 2017 01: 44
        +6
        Quote: Outsmarted
        Both captains and watchmen of both ships / ships are always to blame for the collision.


        the guilty one who has a ship with a lower displacement lol lol lol and wine increases in direct proportion to tonnage reduction !!! good laughing laughing laughing
  4. sabakina
    sabakina 23 August 2017 17: 31
    +4
    Somewhere, once I read that not all admirals love when they name ships in their honor. For example, "Nakhimov."
  5. Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat 23 August 2017 18: 36
    +4
    It seems that the captains of the mattress fleet have already finally slipped to the IQ level near 3. Although the collision with a tanker can be explained by the name of the charterer: “The ship is flying the flag of Liberia, but it is chartered by a Greek shipping company Stealth Maritime Corporation. "They clearly conducted experiments with invisibility. laughing
    1. Duisenbay Bankankulov
      Duisenbay Bankankulov 23 August 2017 20: 47
      0
      Stealth technology was stolen from amers, they will have to learn from them ...
    2. Squelcher
      Squelcher 24 August 2017 02: 35
      +3
      Hey, coastal aphids, I was a sailor and I knew that calling Singapore is a stress for navigators. The danger of a collision is great. Incidents constantly occur, despite the GPS radars. On the raid, a lot of movement count (30 or more) bearings and everything is in motion. A ship or a merchant ship doesn’t have any brakes, the circulation is also under 900 meters. So leave the mattress captain alone, and whoever the sailors don't have .. The mattress fleet had an elite like ours with the tsar’s king.
      1. Reserve buildbat
        Reserve buildbat 24 August 2017 10: 14
        +2
        It is not necessary to be rude, but it would be worth reading the text. It is not only about the McCain, but also about other ships. Apparently, your "marine career" taught you only to read and inattentively be rude to everyone indiscriminately.
      2. brn521
        brn521 24 August 2017 12: 42
        0
        Quote: Squelcher
        Calling Singapore is a stress for navigators. The danger of a collision is great. Incidents constantly occur, despite the GPS radars.

        Yes, there are even sections without calling where there are almost traffic jams from ships. The thing is different. It's about the destroyer. Which, in theory, also has excellent agility, and a margin of power beyond. He can follow any military order, even almost tightly, and also manufacture anti-torpedo pretzels. And then some sluggish tanker almost drowned him.
      3. Belimbai
        Belimbai 25 August 2017 11: 18
        0
        The tanker drove into the destroyer at an angle of 90 degrees. and if the demand from civilians is not great .... up to the bow more than 100m, then there are some questions for the military .... If this is a "dangerous" place for navigation, then the captain should hang out on the bridge and all the radars responsible for the safety of navigation should work .... I won’t be surprised if on such ships there is a warning system about dangerous proximity ..... Greetings .... river boat.
  6. Yeah
    Yeah 25 August 2017 08: 16
    0
    and I’m more and more reminded of Zadornov’s monologue about “The Lighthouse and the US Navy!” although the Wiki has a reference to a joke about the same incident! United States of America Americans: "Please change course 15 degrees north to avoid a collision."

    Canada Canadians: "I advise you to change YOUR course by 15 degrees to the south in order to avoid a collision."

    United States of America Americans: “Says the captain of the ship of the US Navy. I repeat: change course. "

    Canada Canadians: “No. I repeat: change the course yourself. ”

    United States of America Americans: “This is the Lincoln aircraft carrier, the second largest warship of the US Atlantic Fleet. We are accompanied by three cruisers, three destroyers and numerous support ships. "I demand that you change your course 15 degrees north, or we will be forced to take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of our ship."

    Canada Canadians: “This is a lighthouse. Do what you want". But ours is cooler! https://youtu.be/ql0ce2NY8GU
  7. Cananecat
    Cananecat 25 August 2017 09: 52
    0
    American captain:
    - I'm American, I'll ride ...
    Cargo ship captain:
    - Oh, here .... you’ll slip through me ...
  8. Sars
    Sars 25 August 2017 11: 31
    0
    How many North Korean bulk carriers do you need to liquidate the seventh fleet?
  9. Siberia 9444
    Siberia 9444 25 August 2017 15: 40
    0
    Mackain generally handsome how many planes beat, and some aircraft carrier almost burned good
  10. Bob 57
    Bob 57 26 August 2017 10: 26
    0
    Marazmatik McCain!