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Lack of Money is Not What Caused Fatal Ship Collisions
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Lack of Money is Not What Caused Fatal Ship Collisions

Author Lawrence Korb explores the issues that resulted in the fatal Navy ship collisions.

As someone who spent 24 years in the U.S. Navy, qualifying as a naval flight officer navigator and tactical coordinator, and as officer of the deck, I am heartbroken and concerned about what may have caused the recent crashes of naval ships in the Pacific.

I am heartbroken because a total of 17 enlisted sailors who had volunteered to defend the nation were were killed, and for no good reason, the result of a June crash involving the USS Fitzgerald destroyer and a Philippine flagged container ship in the busy approaches to Tokyo Bay, and an August collision of the USS John McCain destroyer and a Liberian flagged tanker near the heavily traveled Strait of Malacca.

The above excerpt was originally published in The American Conservative. Click here to view the full article.

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Lawrence J. Korb

Senior Fellow