US Navy to conduct broad probe of 7th Fleet

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Malaysian Maritime Director Indera Abu Bakar points the damage of USS John S. McCain shown on a screen during a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. The U.S. Navy said the USS John S. McCain arrived at Singapore’s naval base with “significant damage” to its hull after a collision early Monday between […]

SINGAPORE (AP) —  A U.S. defense official says the Navy’s top officer is ordering a broad investigation into the performance and readiness of America’s Pacific-based 7th Fleet — after two ship collisions in the past two months.

And there have been four ship crashes in the past two years.

The defense official says Navy Adm. John Richardson — who’s the chief of naval operations — has directed Adm. Phil Davidson to lead the investigation. Davidson heads the Navy’s Fleet Forces.

The official says Richardson wants to ensure there aren’t bigger problems that may be masked by the high pace of ship operations in the Pacific region.

The official wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the investigation and therefore spoke on condition of anonymity.

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