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Navy officers charged with negligent homicide

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 1/17/18, 11:57 am

Five officers involved in two U.S. Navy ship collisions last year have been charged with negligent homicide, the Navy reported on Tuesday. The deadly accidents killed seven sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald in June and 10 sailors aboard the USS John S. McCain in August. Navy spokesman Capt. Greg Hicks said the charges also include dereliction of duty and endangering a ship, and will all be presented during a hearing to decide whether the five officers will be taken to trial in a court-martial. The disciplinary actions are the latest in a series of responses to the collisions, which investigators determined were avoidable. After the accidents last year, at least eight top Navy officers, including the 7th Fleet commander, were relieved of their commands. 

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Kiley Crossland

Kiley is a former WORLD correspondent.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 01/17/2018 02:36 pm

    I think these charges are appropriate.

    We will never know for sure, but I suspect these incidents were related to a general decline in our military during the previous Administration, in large part because of Mr. Obama’s disdain for the military, possibly due in part to his meddling with the military in promotion of politically correct causes. 

    Just my opinion.