Adm. William Moran Asks Fleet Forces Command Chief to Lead Comprehensive Review of Warship Collisions

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Adm. William Moran, vice chief of naval operations, has called on Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, through a memorandum to oversee a comprehensive review of surface fleet incidents and operations over the past 10 years, the Navy reported Thursday.

The memo was issued after Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson ordered the Navy to implement an operational pause for all the service branch’s fleets worldwide after the USS John S. McCain guided-missile destroyer collided with the Alnic MC tanker off the coast of Singapore early Monday.

Moran said the review should focus on the “Seventh Fleet operational employment” and address several areas such as sailors’ professional development and individual training; certification and development of deployed mission and operational standards; and unit level training and operational performance.

The assessment should also discuss the material readiness of navigation platforms, machinery, propulsion and other electronic systems; use of navigation and combat equipment; and deployed risk management and operational employment.

Moran also asked Davidson to seek insights from other service branches and industry experts and provide recommendations to ensure safety of operations and personnel at sea.

Davidson has 60 days to submit the assessment, according to the memo.

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