A pair of Navy investigations has found multiple failures contributed to two separate accidents at sea in which two U.S. guided-missile destroyers collided with commercial shipping vessels, the Navy said Wednesday.
The results of both investigations revealed sub-standard performance by both crews and commanders in the accidents this summer.
“Both of these accidents were preventable and the respective investigations found multiple failures by watch standers that contributed to the incidents,” said the Navy’s top officer Adm. John Richardson, the chief of operations, in a statement. “We must do better.”
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