A swift and thorough investigation has been called for Monday’s collision of the USS John S. McCain with an oil tanker near Singapore. This is the second deadly accident occurring in the Pacific within the past three months.
An operational pause has been ordered by Adm. John Richardson for all the fleets around the world as the Navy toils to conclude what factors were behind the collision.
According to Fox News, a Navy official declared on Tuesday that any possible cyber sabotage played “no role” in the incident involving the USS John S. McCain.
There has been no evidence of a hacking as of now, but some cyber experts have said it is a possibility considering the location of the warships.
“There’s something more than just human error going on,” according to ex-information warfare specialist, Jeff Stutzman. Stutzman is now employed at a cyber threat intelligence company.
He went on to say, “When you are going through the Strait of Malacca, you can’t tell me that a Navy destroyer doesn’t have a full navigation team going, with full lookouts on every wing, and extra people on radar.”
Richardson is asking for a review of the 7th Fleet’s maintenance, personnel, and equipment in the region. He’s called for a new focus on surface warfare training. This will include tactical and navigational proficiency.
The devastation to the USS John S. McCain includes “significant damage” to its hull. The guided missile destroyer’s hull caused flooding to nearby compartments that included the crew berth, machinery, and the communications rooms.
On Tuesday, the remains of some of the missing sailors were found in a sealed compartment aboard the destroyer. Malaysian officials have also found one body that has not yet been identified. Four other sailors have been hospitalized in Singapore with injuries; each of the servicemen was evacuated by helicopter.
2 clarify Re: possibility of cyber intrusion or sabotage, no indications right now…but review will consider all possibilities
— Adm. John Richardson (@CNORichardson) August 21, 2017
The tragedy with the USS John S. McCain comes on the heels of the USS Fitzgerald being badly damaged in a collision off the coast of Japan on June 17.
In that accident, seven sailors drowned as the bow of the container ship, Philippine ACX Crystal, slammed into the USS Fitzgerald on its right side. Several areas inside the ship quickly filled with water. Flooded areas included a berthing or sleeping area. Three top leaders who were aboard the USS Fitzgerald were removed from duty following the incident.
In February, the Navy cruiser USS Antietam ran aground and dumped more than 1,000 gallons of oil in Tokyo Bay. Another cruiser, the USS Lake Champlain hit a South Korean vessel in May of this year.
Itay Glick, the founder of the cyber security firm, Votiro, said about these incidents: “I don’t believe in coincidence. Both USS McCain and USS Fitzgerald were part of the 7th Fleet, there is a relationship between these two events and there may be a connection.”
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