>> Two deadly crashes between U.S. Navy ships and commercial craft in the Asia Pacific, earlier this year, were avoidable and caused by a string of human errors. That's according to a damning report released Wednesday, following the official investigation into the accidents. On June 17th, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine container ship off the coast of Japan and almost sank.
Seven US sailors died. The reports said the Fitzgerald's leadership failed to follow basic rules for avoiding collisions. In August, the USS John S McCain struck an oil tanker, resulting in the deaths of ten more sailors. That incident, the report said, was due to complacency, overconfidence, and sailors not knowing enough about the ships controls.
The Navy has dismissed a number of officers, including the commander of the seventh fleet, as a result of the collisions.