>> The US Navy filing military criminal charges on Tuesday against the former commanding officers of two US warships after collisions in Asia last year left 17 sailors dead. In June the guided missile destroyer U.S.S. Fitzgerald crashed into a Philippines container ship. In August, the U.S.S. John McCain collided with a tanker near Singapore, leaving a huge hole in the side of that destroyer.
The commanding officers of both vessels will be court martialed. They and three others face a mix of charges, including dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel, and negligent homicide. The collisions raised questions last year over Navy training and the speed of its operations. They sparked a congressional hearing and the removal of several officers, including the commander of the 7th fleet, based in Japan and South Korea.
Tuesday marks the latest effort to address the causes behind the collisions. Investigations found both accidents came down to human error by sailors on the ships, and no single person could be blamed.