The Navy Is Having Collisions at Sea. Here’s Why It’s Happening and What Should Be Done.

In the past two and a half months, the Navy has experienced the worst peacetime surface ship collisions in over 41 years.

Two recent collisions—first the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), then the USS John S. McCain (DDG 56)—took place with commercial vessels and claimed the lives of 17 U.S. sailors during routine “independent steaming” operations in the western Pacific Ocean.

These tragic incidents, coupled with the USS Antietam (CG 54) grounding and the USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) collision in the past eight months, have raised significant concerns about the state of the Navy’s surface fleet readiness and operational proficiency.

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